2 Officers Are Shot In Dallas, Pa. Gunman Fires In Station House

Posted: June 08, 1986

Two police patrolmen were shot and wounded in the legs early yesterday in Dallas, Pa., about nine miles northwest of Wilkes-Barre, after a man wielding a .357 revolver burst into the municipal building as the officers were sipping coffee during their midnight shift, state police said.

The patrolmen - Wayman Miers, 35, of Dallas, and James Tupper, 34, of Trucksville - were listed in fair condition at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following the incident that occurred about 3:50 a.m. in the rural township in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Donald R. Kelly, 38, of nearby Noxen, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and recklessly endagering another person in connection with the incident.

Kelly was lodged in the Luzerne County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail following arraignment yesterday afternoon before District Magistrate Patrick Cooney.

Police said the wounded patrolmen were able to disarm and subdue the

suspect before other officers arrived.

Following the incident, Kelly was treated for cuts in the head at the Wilkes-Barre hospital.

State Police Cpl. Eugene Centi said no motive had been established for the shooting, which he said was witnessed by a police dispatcher who was on duty at the time. He said the suspect appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the incident.

State police trooper Johnson C. Miers, a brother of Wayman Miers, yesterday said that the suspect, who had a previous arrest record with the Dallas police, was apparently looking for a third brother, Carl Miers, the Dallas police chief, when he entered the station house. Chief Miers yesterday declined to comment on his brother's speculation.

Centi said the suspect caught the officers by surprise, held them at gunpoint and then shot them in the legs. Tupper was wounded in the right thigh and left ankle, and Miers suffered a gunshot wound in the left calf, police said.

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