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Man shot, killed by police in stand-off in Franklin County

Updated: Tuesday, September 3 2013, 01:42 PM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

ST. THOMAS -- Pennsylvania State Police say Philip E. Rank, was shot and killed by officers during a standoff in St. Thomas Township, Franklin County on Monday.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Rob Hicks told CBS 21 News that a 47-year-old Rank aimed guns at officers after barricading himself in the home at 599 St. Thomas Williamson Road.

After hours of negotiating, police say Rank ran out of the home with several weapons in his hands and then shots were fired, killing him around 3:30 Monday afternoon.

Neighbors say they saw a significant amount of police activity in the small town around 11 this morning. 

"It's sad that a local has to do something like that," said Nick Kunis, who lives nearby. "But it's inevitable in situations like that."

On Monday morning, police say officers tried delivering an arrest warrant to Rank who lived there stemming from aggravated assault charges from the weekend.

According to online court documents, Rank was charged with aggravated assault and harassment over the weekend.

Neighbors and police confirm that a home and a former gun shop were on the property where the standoff happened.

Almost 30 officers, including SERT teams with armed vehicles, were dispatched to the standoff. A state police helicopter was seen flying over the area for most of the afternoon.

Hicks said the Franklin County coroner as well as the district attorney and other officers were at the scene.

No officers were injured in the standoff. 

Police were still investigating as of 9:30 Monday night.

Calls to the Coroner's office were not immediately returned.Man shot, killed by police in stand-off in Franklin County


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