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Upshur woman held in Pa.

October 1, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain

A spokesperson for the prosecuting attorney's office in Fayette County, Pa., said Monday that no court hearings have been scheduled for a Buckhannon woman, who was charged Friday with aggravated assault and attempted homicide following a police chase and standoff that left one man dead.

Jessica Lynn Phillips, 28, is being held in the Fayette County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Donald Ray Brown, 53, also of Buckhannon, died inside a Uniontown, Pa., residence during the 10-hour police standoff Friday from what investigators believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Pennsylvania state troopers began pursuing a pickup truck with a West Virginia license plate shortly after noon Friday in the Ohiopyle area. The Associated Press reported that during the pursuit, the occupants of the truck allegedly opened a back window and began firing at the police car that was chasing them. The reason for the attempted traffic stop has not been released. The Pennsylvania State Police is continuing to investigate the incident.

The driver of the truck later reportedly lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a residence in Uniontown. The owner of the house was not home at the time of the crash, according to police reports.

Police entered the house after about 10 hours, finding Brown dead.

The Laurel Highlands School District was on lockdown Friday because of its close proximity to the standoff.

 
 

 

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