Pa. Police: Ex-Trooper Kills Wife, Self in Market

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  • A former state trooper killed his estranged wife with a shotgun inside a central Pennsylvania supermarket Thursday and then killed himself, days after she filed for divorce and two months after he was accused of beating her, police said.

    Mark A. Miscavish, who retired from the state police in 2011 after 15 years, killed Traci Miscavish at around 10 a.m. at the County Market in Philipsburg where she worked, authorities said. Police also spelled her first name Tracie.

    He was arrested Jan. 23 after Traci Miscavish, who had recently left him, returned to the home to retrieve some belongings, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said.

    Traci Miscavish believed her husband had been abusing prescription drugs and when she went to take them away, he wrestled her to the ground, pinned her arms behind her and attempted to bind her with duct tape, said Parks Miller, whose office was prosecuting him.

    He pulled out a gun — a police affidavit said he did not point it at her — and threatened to kill her, but a passer-by saw him trying to drag her back into the home and stopped to help, Parks Miller said. He was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment and spent a week in jail before being bailed out.

    Parks Miller said Traci Miscavish lived in fear of her 51-year-old estranged husband and told prosecutors she believed he would harm her further.

    “She said, ‘The next time I see him is going to be at the end of a gun,’” Parks Miller told The Associated Press. “We were very concerned when he got out and we’re just devastated now.”

    Mark Miscavish’s defense attorney, David Charles Mason, was not available for comment, his office said.

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    6 thoughts on “Pa. Police: Ex-Trooper Kills Wife, Self in Market

    1. The system did fail this lady. They knew this animal was dangeous! She told them! They had the evidence and proof. Yet and still they freed him. Non threatening ppl get have to stay in jail. Yet a known animal gets out in the snap of a finger. Yeah thats a failed system! Just like the perv who got out on child porn charges…he then went to the mall…kidnapped a mother and her 10 yr old daughter. Rapes the child, kills the mother. They knew he was a danger to society…yet and still they gave him bond.

      • The system just about always fails when it comes to protecting women from animals like this one. That’s why you can’t fail yourself when it comes to protecting your own life when you know, better than anyone that someone is capable of that degree of violence. The system is not set up to incarcerate in order to provide protection. Only for punishment after they commit a crime. The system worked as it’s designed to. She failed herself.

    2. The system did fell this lady. They knew this animal was dangeous. She told them and they had the evidence and proof. Yet and still they freed him. Non threatening ppl get have to stay in jail. Yet a known animal gets out in the snap of a finger. Yeah thats a failed system. Just like the perv who got out on child porn charges…he then went to the mall…kidnapped a mother and her 10 yr old. Rapes the child, kills the mother. They knew he was a danger to society…yet and still they gave him bond.

    3. What the hell does she mean by “how do you get away”? You get away by putting a bullet in his ass as soon as he comes within spittin’ distance of you after you have a restraining order against him – especially if you have kids. The police are always minutes away when seconds count. You can’t depend on them to protect you. This woman already knew the next time she saw this dog he was going to kill her. She can’t blame the police, the system or anyone but herself for not being ready to put his ass down when he came gunniing for her. If He wasn’t in his right mind, he should have been put down like any other rabid animal. Women better wake the hell up and stop depending on help from everyone else to solve thier mad dog problems.

      • There you go blame the dead lady…way to go….continue showing off your Christian values.

        Here’s a thought..go piss on her grave while you’re at it.

        • You can blame anyone you like. But when you know that the next time you see someone, you will be looking down the barrel of gun, the only one responsible for protecting your life is you. I blame the animal that pulled the trigger for taking her life. I blame her for not pulling her own trigger first, since she knew of the threat. Self protection and preservation has got to be our main priority. Christian or not.

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