Fatal Shooting Under Investigation in Ephrata

Ephrata Police Department

EPHRATA, PA — The Ephrata Police Department announced it is investigating a fatal shooting incident that occurred Monday.

Authorities report that at approximately 4:20 a.m. on December 6, 2021, Ephrata Police were dispatched to 202 Mortar Lane in Ephrata Borough for a weapons call. According to the dispatch, a man was brandishing a rifle in the home. Active shots were reported as officers responded.

Police arrived to find a 19-year-old female resident deceased from gunfire. They also found a 61-year-old male of the same address, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The preliminary investigation, which included witness interviews and crime scene analysis, suggests that this incident was a murder/suicide. Three other residents of the home were unharmed.

Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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