Not even protectors immune from the fury of domestic violence

The 8th and final article in a series published by the Times Observer for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Pennsylvania State Trooper Landon Weaver was 23 when he was shot and killed by a lone gunman after responding to a PFA violation in Juniata Township in Huntingdon County on Dec. 30, 2016.

He had just married his high school sweetheart, Macy. The two had just celebrated their first Christmas together as husband and wife. Weaver had been on the IUP Dean’s list, where he studied Criminology, and he had just graduated from high school in 2012.

Weaver’s killer, Jason Robison, 32 at the time, had a criminal history that went back to 2005 in the state of Pennsylvania and included charges like arson, DUI, burglary, assault, and theft.

On Dec. 17 of last year, he’d posted to social media a picture of a police officer bleeding with the note “the only good cop is a dead cop.”

Accounts of Weaver’s death say that Robison was being interviewed at his mother’s house after he was alleged to have been in contact with his girlfriend, who had a PFA on him. Robison showed Weaver his phone, which contained text messages between himself and his girlfriend. Weaver had asked Robison to step out onto the porch while Weaver called his supervisor to see what needed to happen next. Robison’s mother reports that after returning from his room, where he went to get the cigarette, Robison followed Weaver into the house’s mud room and shot him twice. He then texted his girlfriend saying “I killed a cop. Shot him twice in the head. He is dead. I love you. I always will. Goodbye sweetheart. I’m sorry.”

Robison was shot following an all-night manhunt and died the following morning.

Two police officers died as a result of domestic issues in 2016 in the state of Pennsylvania.

A Safe Place will be hosting a candlelight vigil on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the steps of the Warren County Courthouse. Juliet Sharrow, a domestic violence survivor with the Office of Victim’s Advocates, will speak. In case of rain, the vigil will be held inside the courthouse.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with a domestic violence or abuse issue, contact A Safe Place at (814) 726-1030 or 1-800-338-3460.