CANONSBURG, Pennsylvania — A cop was gunned down and another wounded in a dramatic ambush by a man with a history of domestic abuse who later shot and killed his wife and took his own life.
Pennsylvania State Police say Michael Cwiklinski, 47, lay in wait for the cops as they responded to a domestic violence call at his home. When the two officers arrived at the scene separately just past 3 a.m., Cwiklinski opened fire with a rifle from the second floor of his home, cops said.
Scott Bashioum, a veteran Canonsburg cop and a father of four, was fatally shot as he stepped out of his car. The second officer, Jimmy Saieva, was hit and wounded before he had a chance to even get out of his vehicle.
Police say Cwiklinski then shot his three-months pregnant wife, Dalia Sabae, 28, multiple times, killing her. He then turned the gun on himself and died at the scene.
Investigators later found that Cwiklinski had loaded an SUV parked nearby with gasoline, propane and acetylene tanks and had fired several times at the car, presumably to spark an explosion. Cops also found two propane tanks and a lit acetylene torch inside Cwiklinski’s home.
Court records show that Sabae had sought an order of protection from her husband, whom she married in 2015. Police had been called to the home before. Last month, Sabae had gotten the order of protection after telling a judge that a drunken Cwiklinski had taken her belongings and telling her that “I and our baby that I am pregnant with have to die,” court records showed.