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Pa. State Police release name of man killed Monday, but nothing more about standoff

September 03, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Pennsylvania State Police used a trailer to remove an armored vehicle from St. Thomas, Pa., on Monday afternoon. Police fatally shot a man who allegedly barricaded himself in his home with firearms when troopers attempted to serve an arrest warrant.
Jennifer Fitch

ST. THOMAS, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday released the name of a man who troopers shot and killed a day earlier, but offered no further information about the incident.

Police fatally shot Philip E. Rank, 47, when he fled his house during a standoff Monday.

“During the negotiations for his surrender, (Rank) disregarded commands and fled the residence with multiple firearms,” Trooper Robert Hicks said at the scene Monday afternoon.

Rank encountered troopers who had established a perimeter around his home in the 500 block of St. Thomas-Williamson Road, and he was shot, Hicks said.

Police did not answer questions Tuesday about whether Rank fired at police, how many times he was shot, and if an autopsy will be performed.

Hicks said troopers attempted to serve a warrant at Rank’s log-cabin-style, single-family house at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, but the man barricaded himself inside.

Rank was charged with aggravated assault related to a domestic dispute from earlier in the weekend, Hicks said.

Online court records show Rank was charged with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault and harassment, which is a summary offense. Those records list the status as “case dismissed — defendant deceased.”

Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock’s office staff declined to release the affidavit of probable cause Tuesday, saying the judge told them to deny requests based on the charges being withdrawn.

Files in the Franklin County (Pa.) Register & Recorder’s Office indicate the property at 599 St. Thomas-Williamson Road had been in Rank’s family since 1986. It fully transferred to him from an estate in 2012.

The property had a former gun shop on it, but Hicks said authorities were told that the shop has been closed for some time.

Hicks said it was the only incident in which state police fatally shot a subject in central Pennsylvania this year.

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