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EAST GOSHEN, Pa. (CBS) — The manhunt for a suspect accused of walking into a Chester County retirement community and killing his parents hours after his divorce Wednesday, is dead.
Police say Bruce Rogal, 59, of Glenmoore, is accused of gunning down his parents, William and Nancy, who were both in their late 80s.
It happened at the Bellingham Retirement Community in East Goshen shortly before 6:30 p.m.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said early Thursday morning the manhunt ended around 1 a.m. with a police chase and crash.
Authorities say troopers spotted Rogal as he drove by State Police barracks in the area. He then led police on a chase back to his ex-wife’s house on Vermont Lane in West Bradford, where he crashed into her home. Police say there was a shootout, and Rogal died.
A gun was found in Rogal’s vehicle, but it still remains unclear if he fired shots.
Authorities believe that the finalization of the divorce set him off.
“Today he received an order making his divorce final and awarding the home to his now ex-wife. That appears to be what set him off today,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
Before the killing, around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Hogan says Rogal went to his ex-wife’s house and started shooting.
“She was changing oil in a car in the driveway of her residence. He drove by and shot at her. He did not hit her, he did hit several other houses nearby,” said Hogan.
“He was 20 feet behind her and missed her. He shot at her at least three times at least,” said John Bissinger.
Bissinger and Janice Everett were outside of their home on Vermont Lane in West Bradford when they saw Rogal shooting at his ex-wife.
Nobody was injured in that shooting but some neighbor say they saw the signs.
“You could see it in his eyes. He was crazy,” Bissinger said.
“He was actually scary. I just knew when he first moved on the street, he wasn’t right. I just knew he wasn’t right,’ another neighbor said.