Latest on Trooper Shot

By Leah Kirstein

Published 09/30 2013 03:13PM

Updated 09/30 2013 03:27PM

BROCKWAY, JEFFERSON COUNTY - Trooper Bradley Wilson is a 24 year veteran of the State Police. He works for the DuBois Barracks and last Thursday, was serving a warrant at a home with the Jefferson County Drug Task Force when he was shot by the homeowner.

Wilson was flown to DuBois Regional Medical Center and then, quickly flown to UPMC Altoona for surgery. He was stabilized and flown to UPMC Pittsburgh where he remains stable. Officials say it will be a long road to recovery, but he will survive.

Police say it was Kenneth Lees Sr., 60, who shot him. Police were intending to search his home for a suspected drug lab. His son, Kenneth Lees Jr., 23, also lived there. Police had been investigating the home for 2 weeks. They did not have an arrest warrant for either of the men, but were looking to search the home as part of their investigation.

After police say Lees Sr shot the trooper, he barricaded himself in the house along Cemetery Hill Rd for 12 hours. When police entered the home they found him dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His son, was not with him. Police were able to track him down. They say they wanted his help in getting his dad out of the house so, they put a search out for his car. They found him and he led them on a 15 minute, 25 mile chase. He then, parked his car and began running through the woods. Police say he was arrested and is now in the Jefferson County Jail.

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