The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 15, 2012

Turbot Township woman shot, killed by intruder

WATSONTOWN — A 64-year-old Northumberland County woman was shot and killed early Saturday morning after her husband was awakened by an intruder, grabbed a handgun and was struck on the head with a blunt instrument, state police at Milton report.

Patricia Thomas and her husband, Robert, 65, of 1060 Phillips Road, Turbot Township, were asleep around 1 a.m. Saturday when the alleged intruder entered, police said. Patricia Thomas was killed with a single gunshot and was pronounced dead at the scene by Northumberland County Deputy Coroner Barry Leisenring.

Robert Thomas was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, and released.

On Saturday police would not say whether the gun used to kill Patricia Thomas was the same gun her husband grabbed. Earlier in the morning, the quiet development was awakened to the sounds of police cruisers responding to the scene. Fourteen hours after the shooting, a lone state police cruiser sat in the unpaved driveway of the home.

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