Woman’s Murder Leads to a Seven-Hour Standoff in Shamokin, PA

In Shamokin, PA, there was an overnight standoff between a murder suspect barricaded in an apartment and the police’s tactical unit. The standoff has now been resolved.

On Monday, February 26, 2018, the murder of a woman in Shamokin, Pennsylvania led to a tense standoff between the suspect and police with multiple shots fired. What happened? How is this connected to another shooting in Shamokin? And will this be affecting any local services for the day? We have the answers to some of those questions and more.

Woman Killed in Shamokin, PA

After 8:30 p.m. on Monday, a fatal shooting occurred at Rock and Spurzheim streets in a dirt lot. Details are scarce, but we do know that the female victim was found behind a dumpster.

The homicide suspect was tracked down to a Sunbury Street apartment. And that’s where the armed standoff began.

Shots Fired

The stalemate between police and the suspected killer near Sunbury and Market streets began shortly before 11:00 p.m. and ended at 6:00 a.m. the next day. In total, seven shots were fired. It’s unknown if the gunfire came from the suspect, the police, or both.

Around 12:45 a.m., a police officer used a megaphone to address a man named “Jose Colon.” The officer repeatedly ordered Colon to raise his hands and come to the front window of the apartment. This is when the first shot went off.

At 4:25 a.m., two more shots were fired, followed by a single shot four minutes later. Three more shots were heard at 5:45 a.m., approximately 15 minutes before the standoff ended.

No police officers or civilians were injured.

Most traffic around the area was being re-routed due to the standoff. The Shamokin Area School District and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional schools were on two-hour delays the morning of February 27.

What We Know about the Suspect

The suspect was wounded during the exchange of gunfire at some point. While the extent of his injuries is unknown, we do know that he was airlifted to hospital.

The identities of the Shamokin, PA suspect and the female murder victim have not been released.