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Police accuse Armstrong County man of firing shotgun at state trooper's car

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Thomas Luketich, suspected of shooting at state trooper.
Sunday, June 30, 2013, 3:39 p.m.

An Armstrong County man is accused of shooting at a state trooper who responded shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday to a 911 hang-up call from a Rayburn Township home.

According to police, Thomas Luketic, 58, of Rayburn was standing outside his trailer on Fox Lane when he fired a shotgun in the direction of the trooper's patrol car as the officer drove near the residence.

The trooper was about 50 yards away when Luketic fired the shot.

The unidentified 34-year-old trooper wasn't injured and immediately drove to a wooded area where he took cover in the tree line, state police said.

Police surrounded the area and were able to reach Luketic by phone.

Officers learned Luketic was intoxicated and had an argument with his wife during which he allegedly threatened her. She called 911 and fled from the residence, state police said.

She was at a nearby home when she saw the trooper arrive and heard the gunshot, police said.

Officers later learned that Luketic knew police were coming to his residence.

Police searched the home and removed several shotguns and ammunition along with “a lot of” drug paraphernalia.

Luketic was arraigned on five counts of aggravated assault and two counts each of simple assault and terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

He is being held in the Armstrong County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702

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