• Police officer fatally shoots man who sent alarming texts to family in Fayette County


    A police officer fatally shot a man in Perryopolis, Fayette County, on Friday night.

    Pennsylvania State Police say a Perryopolis officer shot and killed Garrett Hoose, 47, at Hoose’s home on Constitution Street.

    According to a release from Pennsylvania State Police in Belle Vernon, officers were initially called to the home to “check on the welfare” of Hoose. The release said Hoose was sending “alarming text messages” to his family in regards to harming himself. 


    When officers arrived on scene, they found Hoose in possession of a firearm. Hoose refused officers’ repeated commands to drop the weapon, the release said. 

    At this time, one officer fatally shot Hoose “in fear of death or serious bodily injury.”

    A preliminary investigation revealed that Perryopolis police were called to the same residence on Wednesday for similar alarming text messages. 

    Police said this resulted in the Frazier School District being on lockdown for a period of time on Wednesday. 

    State police are currently investigating the incident. 


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