PSP: Longtime Feud 'Likely Motive' in Ashville Shooting
State Police say a two-decade family feud came to a violent end Friday night when an Ashville-area man shot dead the two home invaders that killed his wife and son – not knowing the assailants included his long-estranged daughter.
Though the investigation into the shooting continues, authorities said it appears Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger planned to murder her family, but it remains unclear what exactly led to the deadly confrontation.
Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan says the pair parked at the bottom of the driveway and approached the home heavily armed. Josephine Ruckinger was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and her husband had a Derringer pistol and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
John Frew, his wife Roberta, and their son John Jr. had just returned from dinner and were watching TV in the living room when there was a knock at the door – and then the shooting began. Roberta and John Frew, Jr. were shot and killed before John Sr. grabbed a gun and shot his daughter and husband.
Relatives say the daughter and mother did not get along. The investigation into the shooting continues.
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