In what is being described an ambushed attack, an officer with Canonsburg Police Department was shot to death and another wounded early this morning when they were attacked while responding to a deadly domestic dispute. The Canonsburg Police Department is located outside of Pittsburg. The shooting lead to a 6-hour standoff with the accused, the husband in this case, Michael Cwiklinski, who shot his wife to death, Dalia Sabae, 28. The coroner stated that Cwiklinski shot his wife then killed himself.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Melinda Bonderanka said at a news conference at the Canonsburg municipal building, that, officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance at 3:13 a.m. and were “ambushed upon their arrival.” The call came from the occupant of the adjoining residence. Trooper Bonderanka said that Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum, who was killed, and Jimmy Saieva, who underwent surgery and is in stable condition at Allegheny General Hospital arrived on the scene in separate vehicles but it is not even clear if either Officer was able to fire back at the accused.
Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon issued the following statement after the death of Officer Bashioum and the injured Officer Saieva.
“On behalf of [my wife] Frances, myself, and all Pennsylvanians, I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of deceased Canonsburg Police Officer Scott Bashioum and the female victim of the shooting, and wish a full and quick recovery to the second officer recovering from injuries. These officers put their lives on the line to protect their neighbors and one of them made the ultimate sacrifice. For that, we will always be grateful. I also want to thank the local law enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police for their swift response and work to keep others safe.”
This is the seventh US police officer to be shot and killed in the last eight days, and the eighth to be killed in that time overall. On Tuesday, Officer Darrin Reed, 50, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Arizona. On Sunday, two sheriff’s deputies in central Georgia were fatally shot Sunday as they responded to a dispute between neighbors. Peach County sheriff’s deputies Patrick Sondron, 41, and Daryl Smallwood, 39, died from their injuries when shot on by the suspect.
In Utah, West Valley Police Officer Cody Brotherson, 25, died after trying to stop car theft on Sunday. A New York City police sergeant was killed and another officer was wounded Friday afternoon in a shootout with a man suspected of breaking into a Bronx apartment. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, was a 19-year veteran of the department when he died from his injuries after being shot by Manuel Rosales. Last Wednesday, November 2nd, two central Iowa police officers were shot and killed in their squad vehicles roughly 2 miles apart, also in an ambush assault. Officers Justin Martin and Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio were shot and killed while they sat in squad vehicles near intersections in their respective cities shortly after 1 a.m. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the number of US and Puerto Rican police officers to be shot dead in the line of duty this year is now at least 57 and that’s 16 more than 2015’s total.