Suspect shot dead after woman killed

MANSFIELD – Moments after he allegedly gunned down his former girlfriend in her Westfield apartment Friday night, a 51-year-old man was shot dead by a police officer after refusing repeated orders to drop his firearm, according to state police.

When Barry Lynn Mead Sr., 51, forced his way into Vicki Lynn Copp’s apartment at 168 W. Main St. about 7 p.m., “a physical struggle ensued” between the two, according to Trooper Roger Williams Jr.

“Mead then made his way to a bedroom where he obtained a .20-gauge shotgun and started loading it. As Copp was attempting to flee, Mead shot her once,” Williams said.

Mead and Copp “were in a former intimate relationship, but were separated” at the time, Williams said.

A neighbor who had seen Mead break into the apartment had already called police, and an officer who arrived on the scene heard the gunfire inside the woman’s home, Williams said.

“As the officer approached the stairwell leading to the upstairs apartment, the officer saw Mead at the top of the stairs with the shotgun. The officer saw Mead discharge another round,” Williams said.

“The officer ordered Mead to drop the weapon several times, and when he failed to do so, the officer fired his gun, killing Mead,” Williams said.

The officer’s identity was not released. Williams did not say if Mead’s second shot struck Copp or where it landed.

Lee Strange, a Tioga County deputy coroner, pronounced both Mead and Copp dead at the scene.

The shootings remain under investigation by the state police, the Westfield Borough police and the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office.