Hero Down: PA State Trooper Landon Weaver Murdered

PA State Trooper Landon Weaver was murdered Friday night.

PA State Trooper Landon Weaver was murdered Friday night.

Trooper Landon Weaver Killed

Pennsylvania State Trooper Landon Weaver, 23 years old, was shot and killed Friday evening while investigating a violation from a Protection From Abuse order in Huntingdon County.

State Police officials and news sources reported that Trooper Weaver made contact with the offender, Jason Robison, while at his mother’s home located on Bakers Hollow Road, Juniata Township. During that contact, Trooper Weaver was murdered by Robison. After an intense and massive manhunt, police shot and killed the assailant after locating him at a mobile home at around 10:30 AM Saturday, and as he threatened law enforcement.

Trooper Landon Weaver was a graduate of Central High School in Martinsburg, according to PennLive News. In college, he was an outstanding student with a bright future. Trooper Weaver majored in Criminal Justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was on the deans list.

Trooper Weaver went on to dedicate his life to law enforcement and graduated from the PA State Police academy in June. He was assigned to Troop B, Hollidaysburg near his home in East Freedom. His graduation from the police academy coincided with another major and joyous event in his young life. That same month, Trooper Weaver married his high school sweetheart, Macy Gottshall.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement regarding Trooper Weaver’s murder:

“On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Trooper Weaver and all members of the State Police across Pennsylvania in this moment of tragedy. Landon will always be remembered for his bravery, his sacrifice, and his willingness to serve.

“The State Police are our best and bravest Pennsylvanians, who risk their lives to keep all of our families safe. I just spoke with Commissioner Tyree Blocker and have full confidence that the person who committed this senseless act of violence will be captured and brought to justice. As the search continues, all of our law enforcement officers involved are in the thoughts of all Pennsylvanians.”

Trooper Weaver’s murder marked the 136th death of law enforcement officers in 2016, the 65th officer killed by gunfire; a nearly 60% increase in shooting deaths of police since 2015.

We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to Macy, the family and friends of Trooper Weaver, and the brothers and sisters in blue who worked along side of him during is short career that tragically ended too soon.

Pennsylvanian State Trooper Landon Weaver, your life mattered.