WESTFIELD, PA – A Westfield man and woman are dead following a shooting in the Boro on Friday, April 19.
State Police in Mansfield say 51-year-old Barry Lynn Mead forced his way into the apartment of 34-year-old Vicki Lynn Copp on Friday night.
Once inside, Mead allegedly engaged Copp in an argument and then eventually made his way to a bedroom and retrieved a Harrington Richardson 20 gauge shotgun. Police say Mead loaded the shotgun and then turned it on Copp.
Police, who were called by a neighbor shortly after Copp broke into the apartment, arrived at the scene and heard a single gunshot. According to police, the responding officer entered the stairwell to the apartment, at which point he witnessed Mead discharge another round at the top of the stairs. Police say the officer told Mead repeatedly to drop the gun before shooting him.
Both Mead and Copp were pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Tioga Co. Coroner Lee Strange.
The incident remains under investigation by the PA State Police, the Westfield Boro Police and the Tioga Co. District Attorney’s Office.