Chambersburg police looking for Cumberland County, Pa., man charged with murder

August 02, 2013|By DON AINES |
  • Kevin D. Rouner
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Cumberland County, Pa., man charged in the July 18 murder of a Chambersburg man who was shot in front of his West King Street home.

Kevin D. Rouner, 37, of 180 Old State Road, Gardners, Pa., is charged with one count of first-degree murder and is being sought by police, according to a news release from Chambersburg Police Chief David Arnold.

“Right now we’re on a manhunt,” Arnold said Friday afternoon. “The investigation is still going on. We have enough to charge him with homicide.”

Arnold would not comment on a motive for the killing, but said “the victim was the target of the crime.”

David Wayne Gipe, 44, of 354 W. King St. was shot and killed sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on July 18.

The incident was originally reported as a possible hit-and-run accident, but emergency medical personnel and police discovered upon their arrival that the victim had been shot.

It was determined that Gipe was shot as he was getting out of his vehicle, the release said.

Police obtained a warrant for Rouner on Thursday. He is described as white, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 260 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair worn in a ponytail and glasses.

Police said he could be driving a 2000 silver, four-door Pontiac Grand Prix SE, with Pennsylvania license plate number HSE-4521.

Rouner has no criminal record in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, according to the Pennsylvania Judiciary website.

In 2012 a bank filed a claim against him in Magisterial District Court in Cumberland County and was awarded a default judgment for $1,009.99 and costs.

He registered to vote at the Old State Road address in 2008, according to Cumberland County Voter Registration Office records.

The firearm used in the killing has not been recovered, and police said it is not known whether it might be in Rouner’s possession, Arnold said.

Anyone who sees Rouner should not approach him, but contact authorities or call 911, police said.

Anyone with information about Rouner’s whereabouts can call Chambersburg police at 717-264-4131, or Franklin County Crime Solvers at 717-263-3000.

Staff Writer Roxann Miller contributed to this story.

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