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$50K reward offered for tips on Pennsylvania trooper's slaying

| Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, 7:27 p.m.
Members of the Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement conservation officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission walk from the state police barracks to a wooded area across the street on Route 402 to investigate near where two Pennsulvania State troopers were ambushed Friday, on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township.
Members of the Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement conservation officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission walk from the state police barracks to a wooded area across the street on Route 402 to investigate near where two Pennsulvania State troopers were ambushed Friday, on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper gestures to the media to not cross the street on Route 402, as he leads a team of troopers and members of the law enforcement conservation officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission into a wooded area across from the police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper gestures to the media to not cross the street on Route 402, as he leads a team of troopers and members of the law enforcement conservation officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission into a wooded area across from the police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper and others investigate a wooded area across from the police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa., near where, on Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa. was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper and others investigate a wooded area across from the police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa., near where, on Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa. was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper stands in front of the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper stands in front of the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators on Sunday return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators on Sunday return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
Pennsylvania State Troopers work a checkpoint on Route 402 in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 as investigators return to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed Friday, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
Pennsylvania State Troopers work a checkpoint on Route 402 in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 as investigators return to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed Friday, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper stands in the parking lot at the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa. was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper stands in the parking lot at the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa. was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A man places flowers in front of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa. was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A man places flowers in front of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa., was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa. was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks in the parking lot at the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa. was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.
A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks in the parking lot at the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa. was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.

BLOOMING GROVE — Investigators on Sunday returned to search the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, one fatally, in a shooting.

Troopers set up a checkpoint near the site where they were stopping motorists to ask if they had seen anything that could help with the case. A nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about a deadly assault on Friday at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.

Trooper Tom Kelly, a spokesman for state police, said in an emailed update that police are getting a large number of tips, and some are “fantastic.”

He said they are keeping details of the investigation quiet to preserve the integrity of the leads.

Eight investigators walked into the dense forest in Blooming Grove about noon. A day earlier, authorities suggested the suspect had left the area.

The two troopers were ambushed about 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the barracks and the other was arriving. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore died, and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded.

Douglass is conscious and talking for the first time, Kelly said. Investigators hope to soon interview Douglass to get additional information on the shooting.

Dickson, a seven-year veteran, had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said the “cowardly attack” was directed at state police and a “very dangerous, armed criminal” eluded quick capture.

“Our troopers were ... shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves,” Noonan told reporters. “It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen.”

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers, which posted the reward offer, asked anyone with information to call 800-4PA-TIPS or submit the tip online.

Law enforcement officers from at least three states searched state game lands surrounding the barracks in Pike County and beyond.

“There has been an exhaustive search conducted by hundreds of members of law enforcement,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens. “We have canvassed the wooded areas, neighborhoods.”

Police interviewed a man they called a “person of interest,” but Noonan said authorities are talking to hundreds of people as part of the investigation. He stressed the man is not a suspect.

The slain trooper was married with two young sons. He was described by friends as devoted to work and family.

“They were a committed couple,” Melissa Contorno, a friend of Dickson's wife, told The Times-Tribune. “They were raising a beautiful young family. It's not fair.”

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