DA: Man Fires at Cop, Kills Self

"Domestic disturbance" at New Hanover Township home turns fatal

A New Hanover man is dead following a confrontation with New Hanover Township Police late Saturday night.

Daniel Jobson, 56, shot himself in the head after allegedly firing at an officer who had responded to a 9-1-1 call in the area, according to a press release issued by New Hanover Township Police Chief Kevin McKeon and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.

According to authorities, the officer responded to a 9-1-1 call at a residence on Colflesh Road at 10:32 p.m. Saturday and saw a Mercedes SUV "fleeing" from the driveway of 2327 Colflesh Road. A pursuit in which the vehicle's operator drove "erratically" eventually led back to the home where the pursuit had begun, and the operator, later identified as Jobson, exited the vehicle.

The unidentified New Hanover officer pursued Jobson on foot through the garage at 2327 Colflesh Road and into a second floor stairway, authorities said. Jobson allegedly fired a shot at the officer as the latter approached the top of the stairway, then "barricaded himself inside a bedroom."

Authorities said the officer took "a position of cover" on the stairway, then heard a second gunshot inside the bedroom, where Jobson was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities said nobody else was in the residence at the time of the incident.

Montgomery County Property Records indicate the home has been owned since 1999 by Daniel G. and Theresa L. Jobson.

Authorities said they recovered a Glock 9-millimeter pistol and two spent shell casings near Jobson's body.

Earlier in the evening, authorities said, Jobson had been involved in an unspecified domestic disturbance at the residence.

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Itsme September 29, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Please stop assuming things people. Dan was a great guy. Not a drug addict. Please keep your negativity and assumptions to yourself and let his family and friends mourn.
Sue October 03, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I am so sad about all this. My husband and I knew Dan professionally, and I have to say he was always extremely polite, thorough, always happy and very upbeat. I never heard him say anything negative. He adored his daughter, his wife, and two sons. And he was so proud of the work he was doing upgrading his house. We will miss him.
Michael Greco November 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I am reading this to get some background on this man, who so many have adored. I am a massage therapist in the Philadelphia area and a colleague of Dan's and have taken on some of his client base, since his passing and every person I have spoken to that knew him said he was indeed a great, great man. He served his clients and healed bodies and spirits and improved the quality of their lives. This is indeed a tragic story and I'm certain he will be missed.
Tina Miller February 19, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Thank you, Michael Greco, for the nice things you had to say about Dan. Being his sister-in-law, I can tell you the loss is a terrible one. He was tremendous at what he did and we are still in shock 5 months later.
JLM February 20, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Hmm I don't comment very often on articles but for some reason I did On this one. I was completely unaware Mr. Jobson was a massage therapist; I completed my professional training several years ago in this area and its really very nice to see the wonderful comments made by his colleagues. Not that it explains anything but we all know it is sometimes very draining on the soul to avoid others' negative energy, especially when experiencing our own personal issues. Again my deepest sympathies to his family


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