LISTEN: Police radio audio of manhunt for man accused of killing parents in Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Dramatic police radio calls in Pa. manhunt. Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News Mornings on September 20, 2018.

WEST BRADFORD TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania -- Police scanner audio obtained by our sister station WPVI-TV gives a glimpse into the chaotic chase and frantic moments just before a murder suspect was found dead in Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.

Police said 59-year-old Bruce Rogal was found dead after he allegedly murdered his parents and attempted to shoot his ex-wife in Pennsylvania, according to police. Rogal was apparently upset that his ex-wife was awarded the family home in their divorce.

Around 1 a.m., hours after authorities said Bruce Rogal murdered his parents, he led police on a chase in a 2002 silver Honda Odyssey.

"The subject is running from his vehicle," the scanner audio says.

Police said Rogal returned to the very street where he earlier shot at his ex-wife, crashing the van into a home.

"The vehicle has crashed. I'm trying to get a location. He crashed," the audio continues.

A helicopter hovered overhead, and officers on the ground closed in on the 59-year-old, who was sitting in the van.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan would not confirm whether shots were fired by officers or exactly how the suspect died.

The radio call, however, does say there was an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspect.

"They exchanged gunfire. They say he's armed with a rifle. There are helicopters above saying that the doors are still closed on the vehicle," the radio call says.

Seconds later, officers got a closer look inside the vehicle.

"We have a visual. He's slumped over in the driver's seat toward the passenger's seat," the audio says.

The chaos abruptly ended. Rogal was pronounced dead.

"The victim is now deceased at this time," the radio call says.


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