Police: Man killed two intruders after they killed his wife, son

ASHVILLE – The lone survivor in a two-way firefight killed two intruders after they shot and killed his wife and adult son, police said Saturday.

State police at Ebensburg said they received a call a little after 10 p.m. Friday night from an unidentified male who said two intruders broke into his home along the 600 block of Bottom Road just outside Ashville in Allegheny Township.

Police said the man told them the intruders shot his 64-year-old wife and 47-year-old son, killing them, before he shot and incapacitated the intruders.

Police arrived to find the man’s wife by the front door and his son in the kitchen. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The male intruder also was found dead in the kitchen, police said.

The female intruder, who was identified early Saturday morning by Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan as the caller’s daughter, was still alive in the family’s living room with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said she later died at the UPMC Altoona Trauma Center.

Ashville fire department continued to block off Bottom Road for hours, as detectives continued to arrive at the scene well past midnight.

Police said autopsies are still being performed and a motive is unknown at this time.

State police have scheduled a press conference for 11:30 a.m. Sunday at their barracks in Ebensburg.

State police at Hollidaysburg and Greensburg also were on scene, assisted by the county district attorney’s and coroner’s offices, as well as Ashville fire department and multiple EMS agencies.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.