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Police shoot, kill man wanted for slaying of trombone player

April 13, 2018

This undated photo provided by the Pinellas Park Police Department in Pinellas Park, Fla., shows Steven Brooks, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who police say gunned down trombone player Caroline Morton-Hicks on Feb. 12, 2018, as she left orchestra practice. Brooks was killed Thursday, April 12, 2018, after he pulled a gun on Pennsylvania State Police troopers trying to make a traffic stop for erratic driving in South Strabane, Pa., about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. (Pinellas Park Police Department via AP)

SOUTH STRABANE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania authorities say a man wanted for gunning down a Florida trombone player as she left orchestra practice has been killed after he pulled a gun on officers trying to make a traffic stop.

State police say troopers tried to stop Steven Brooks late Thursday for erratic driving in South Strabane, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Pittsburgh. They say the 45-year-old St. Petersburg, Florida, man drove off the wrong way down Interstate 70 before crashing into a bridge support column.

Brooks then fled on foot and scaled a fence before pulling out a gun. Authorities say he refused orders to drop the weapon and was shot.

A manhunt had been underway for Brooks since the February killing of Caroline Morton-Hicks.

Police in Madison County, Alabama, say Brooks was tracked to a home there. That led to a standoff with police Wednesday night, but he managed to flee.

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This story has been corrected to remove reference to hostages because police say the elderly couple was housing him, not knowing he was wanted. It also changes references to Brooks shooting at troopers to Brooks pulling out a gun and turning toward troopers, as per state police.

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