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Man found dead after standoff with police

July 05, 2008|By DON AINES

SHIPPENSBURG, PA. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man was found dead in a Hilltop Drive residence after a standoff following a reported shooting incident Thursday night on Roxbury Road in Franklin County, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., said in a news release.

Police closed off Mud Level Road in the area of Hilltop Drive in Shippensburg Township, where a man wanted in connection with the shooting was refusing to come out, state police in Carlisle, Pa., said.

Police said the man, Kenneth Lee Hempstead, 26, of Shippensburg, was found dead at about 2 a.m. Friday.

The incident began in the 3400 block of Roxbury Road when police were dispatched to a reported shooting with two people possibly injured. Police left that scene at about 5:45 p.m., but returned later, saying they were conducting an investigation.

A woman next door to the mobile home where the shooting took place said she owns the mobile home. She said she did not know whether the woman who lived in the mobile home was there at the time of the shooting.

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The 911 center put out a description of a 26-year-old white man with short dark hair, wearing black pants and a white shirt, and armed with a shotgun. Two people were reported injured at an address in the 3200 block of Roxbury Road, about a quarter-mile away.

State police identified the shooting victims as Freema Showe, 35, and John D. Showe, 38, both of Shippensburg. Police said their injuries were minor.

Police said Hempstead had no previous relationship with the victims, and they believe he was looking for a woman who had been his girlfriend at one time.

Ninety minutes after the first call, an ambulance drove to the house in the 3400 block, then left and pulled in at the house in the 3200 block.

Police said they did not believe an autopsy will be conducted, and would not comment on the suspected cause of death.

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