A former Pennsylvania state trooper gunned down his estranged wife in the middle of a Philipsburg supermarket on Thursday and then turned his weapon on himself, authorities told The Associated Press.
Police said that Mark R. Miscavish, 51, who retired from the force in 2011, used a shotgun to murder his wife Traci A. Miscavish, who filed for divorce just days prior following a report of domestic violence on Jan. 23.
Mark Miscavish was facing a prosecution over the incident, the AP noted. He allegedly became violent when his wife tried to intervene in suspected prescription drug abuse, throwing her to the ground and trying to tie her up with duct tape. He also allegedly pulled out a gun but did not point it at her.
Centere County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told the AP that Traci Miscavish was terrified of her husband. "She said, 'The next time I see him is going to be at the end of a gun,'" she told the AP.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that the vast majority of domestic violence goes unreported, and one in every four women will be abused by an intimate partner at some point in life. If you or someone you know is dealing with a violent partner, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.