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No one injured when officer exchanges gunfire with man outside police station in Cambria County

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By Bill Vidonic
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 11:56 a.m.
 

Police shot a Johnstown man after he opened fire in the parking lot of a Cambria County police station Thursday morning, state police said.

Kevin R. McGee, 45, was in critical condition in Conemaugh Hospital, receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the torso.

According to a state police report, McGee pulled into the Richland police parking lot at 10:40 a.m. and shot out the rear side window of an unoccupied police cruiser. Two officers inside the station saw the shooting, and one, through a window, ordered McGee to drop his shotgun.

McGee pointed his shotgun toward the officers, and one shot him, police said. In all, only two shots were fired, police said. No one else was injured.

Police charged McGee with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats and criminal mischief.

The police station is near the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown campus and Richland school buildings. The buildings in the school district were briefly locked down.

Police did not offer a motive for the shooting. Online court records show McGee was awaiting a preliminary hearing on drug charges filed against him by Richland police in February.

Police said anyone who had contact with McGee in the last few days or has information should call state police in Ebensburg at 814-471-6500.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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