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Suspect Held In Officers’ Shooting

June 8, 1986

DALLAS, Pa. (AP) _ The brother of a town policeman walked into a station early Saturday apparently looking for the chief and shot two officers in the legs, police said.

One of the officers was the chief’s brother.

The officers managed to disarm the gunman at the station in the Dallas Township municipal building, state police at nearby Wyoming said.

Donald R. Kelly, 38, of Noxen, 15 miles northwest of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, state Trooper J.C. Miers said.

District Magistrate Patrick Cooney ordered Kelly held in lieu of $200,000 bail at Luzerne County Prison, said Miers, a brother of the wounded township officer.

Dallas Borough Patrolman James Tupper, 34, and Dallas Township Patrolman Wayman Miers, 35, were listed in fair condition at a Wilkes-Barre hospital Saturday, a nursing supervisor said.

Miers said the suspect apparently was looking for another Miers brother, Carl Miers, the Dallas Township police chief, when he entered the station.

Carl Miers refused to comment Saturday on the dispute.

He said Kelly was a brother of an officer in his department but said the dispute had nothing to do with Kelly’s brother, whom he declined to identify.

The wounded officers were in a communications room shared by several police agencies when Kelly walked in about 3:50 a.m., state police Cpl. Eugene Centi said.

He held them at gunpoint with a .357-caliber revolver, threatening the officers before shooting them, Centi said.

Miers was shot in his left calf, and Tupper was wounded in the right thigh and left ankle, Centi said. Kelly was treated for a head cut.

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