[/align][/align]GETTYSBURG, Pa. A Pennsylvania Game Commission officer investigating possible nighttime hunting and poaching was shot to death, and police took a man into custody following an 11-hour search.
Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove, 31, was killed Thursday night in Freedom Township, southwest of Gettysburg.
Christopher Lynn Johnson, of Fairfield, was detained Friday morning in nearby Franklin Township, state police said. No other details were immediately available, but police said they were not searching for anyone else related to the investigation. Police earlier had said the 27-year-old should be considered armed and dangerous.
Grove had been investigating reports of nighttime shooting and poaching at the time he was killed, game commission spokesman Jerry Feaser said.
"This was a malicious act," Feaser told The Associated Press. The last time a game commission officer was killed in the line of duty was 1915, he said.
Game commission executive director Carl Roe called Grove "a bright, young officer" dedicated to promoting Pennsylvania's hunting heritage.
"Our prayers and thoughts go out to WCO Grove's family and friends, as we mourn the loss of one of our own," he said.
Adams County Coroner Pat Felix said an autopsy was under way to determine the cause and manner of death, but she said it appeared Grove had been shot to death.
Online court records list a Christopher Lynn Johnson with a history of burglary convictions and a 2005 guilty plea to a charge of fleeing an officer and endangering the welfare of children.
Grove graduated from Penn State University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science, according to the game commission.
The last game commission officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty was Joseph McHugh in Weatherly, Carbon County, on Nov. 7, 1915.
Here's a link to another story, with photos: UPDATE: Person Of Interest In Officer Shooting Captured, Police Say
If you pray, then pray. Very sad and tragic.