By Chris Sommerfeldt: A Pennsylvania man with a dark history of domestic abuse killed his wife late Tuesday after kidnapping her and leading cops on a helicopter-supported manhunt, before he was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police and devastated relatives said.
Kevin Ewing, 47, abducted 49-year-old Tierne Ewing from a West Finley Township home around 12:30 a.m. and forced her into a car at gunpoint, Pennsylvania State Police said.
After almost 24 hours, Ewing killed his wife, a police spokeswoman said, noting that the sadistic husband has been taken into custody.
The suspect was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following an overnight manhunt, authorities said Wednesday.
Tierne’s father, Richard Kopko, said Ewing had been harassing his daughter for years.
“He’s nuts. He has beaten her several times,” Kopko told the press.
Speaking through tears, Kopko said his daughter knew Ewing since she was in eighth-grade.
“He’s been harassing her since then,” he said. “All I know is that my daughter’s dead.”
Ewing was already on house arrest for holding his wife captive against her will from June 28 until July 8.
Tierne Ewing told authorities last month that her husband pistol-whipped her, spat on her, and branded her legs with a piece of hot metal during the nearly two-week long abduction, according to a criminal complaint charging him with kidnapping, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and false imprisonment.
Tierne managed to escape when Ewing drove to a credit union and ordered her to take out some money. Terrified, she told tellers she was being held against her will by her husband who she said had threatened to kill her.
The tellers called the cops, who found Ewing in his car armed to the teeth with several handguns and a knife.
To the Washington County district attorney’s surprise, a judge allowed Ewing to walk free if he posted $100,000 bond.
Prosecutors asked for the judge to reconsider due to the seriousness of the charges — but the judge allowed him to remain free on the condition that he wore an ankle bracelet.
Unfortunately for police, Ewing’s ankle bracelet was of the sort that merely alerts authorities if he leaves his house, not where he’s heading.