Cooksburg man jailed after shooting at police

Staff Writer

During the morning hours of Saturday, March 12, troopers of the Pennsylvania State Police responded to a residence along state Route 36 in the Village of Cooksburg, Barnett Township, Jefferson County, for a report of an intoxicated man with a gun.
The male was identified as John Macbeth, 47, of Cooksburg. Macbeth refused to speak with troopers and would not exit his residence, resulting in a warrant being obtained for his arrest. The Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) responded to the scene, attempted to serve the arrest warrant, and while doing so were fired on by Macbeth. No officers were injured in a subsequent exchange of gunfire with Macbeth.
The area in and around the Village of Cooksburg experienced electrical power outages, and SR 36 was closed in that location until the situation was resolved.
On Sunday, March 13 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Macbeth surrendered to police without incident.
Macbeth was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation and treatment of a minor injury, and he will subsequently be arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gregory Bazylak in Brookville.
Macbeth has been charged with several counts each of:
PACC 2501(a) criminal attempt - criminal homicide;
PACC 2702(2) aggravated assault; and
PACC 2705 recklessly endangering another person.
The Pennsylvania State Police express their appreciation to the residents of Cooksburg and motorists that traveled through the area during the extensive incident for their patience and understanding until police were able to bring it to a safe conclusion.
As of early Sunday afternoon, PSP reported that both SR 36 and River Road were once again open for travel.

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