Murder Suspect Commits Suicide in Forest County

314456_251894971515323_1653089928_nFOREST COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – A Westmoreland County man, who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of his wife, shot and killed himself in Forest County Friday.

Anthony C. Detar, 38, allegedly shot his wife in the head at their Sewickley Township home and then fled the scene.

The victim is listed as 40-year-old Kelly S. Detar. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:24 p.m. Friday; however, investigators are unsure exactly when the incident occurred.

Shortly after Kelly Detar was found, authorities began searching for her husband, who was believed to be traveling north in a 2011 Nissan Xterra.

At approximately 11:48 a.m., Marienville-based State Police (PSP) located Detar’s vehicle traveling north in Howe Township, Forest County.

“While Mr. Detar was still driving, and the vehicle was moving, knowing that he was about to be apprehended, he made the decision to end his life,” said Forest County Coroner Norman J. Wimer.

The incident occurred on Blue Jay Creek Road, a remote area just north of Marienville.

Wimer pronounced Detar dead at the scene at 1:08 p.m.

“No shots were fired by PSP. From what I determined, PSP were doing the best they could to try to apprehend Detar unharmed and keep him in an unpopulated area since he was considered armed and dangerous,” said Wimer. “Fortunately, no one else was hurt.”

Wimer says the death has been ruled as a suicide. The cause of death is listed as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Marienville Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene with traffic control.

Marienville-based State Police declined to comment on the incident.


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