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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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Jason September 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Im sure alcohol was involved too
Roy Martin September 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Is this open season on cops? This is rediculous. If this guy was originally from Philly it's another "I told you so". These people move out here and bring their drugs and bad habits with them. You can blame the developers and the townships that allowed them to build!
Jason September 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
You are pretty naive if you think there no drugs and bad habits in this area already. It's everywhere.
Mzz ABeyBey September 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
How were there 2 shell casings "in the bedroom" near the body when one shot at the officer was from the top of the stairwell & "only 1" shot was heard once the offender was in the bedroom???? & It just so happened to be Glock 9 casings huh????
Peppi P.Davidson September 16, 2012 at 05:37 PM
@ Roy Martin Where does it say anywhere in this article that the man was from Philadelpia. Where is the word Philadelphia even written at all in the article? After living in New Hanover Township for 13 years that should had negated any Philly influences. People like you (gossiping & hateful rumor maker)that have the bad habit of starting unsubstantiated rumors that other people with bad habits (not ever checking the facts) believe as gospel. Who do we blame for that? Stick to the facts, you might even end up right ocassionally!
k b September 16, 2012 at 06:29 PM
he shot at a officer... so who cares how the man died!!!!! glad he only did this to himself and not take another innocent police officer - if i am not mistaken - everyone calls the police for help! I praise all the police officers in this crazy world.
J.M. September 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Plenty of drugs and "bad habits'`from your own neighbors.
WestChick September 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
His 7 year old daughter ran next door for help..that's when neighbors called police
. September 17, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Not being able to spell ridiculous (not rediculous) is ridiculous! This has nothing to do with Philly or "open season on cops". This is sadly a case of a mentally disturbed person acting out and taking his own life. Get a clue!
Kanizy September 17, 2012 at 01:58 PM
What about police officers killing innocent people dont no one deserves to die now people just dont care they killing babies older people and women and eachother this world all over got some lunatic as people
SS September 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Wow! Lots of judging here. Ignorance at it's best. I knew him personally. He was a decent person with NO drug habits and NO alcohol habits. It was a personal unfortunate situation. So most of you need to check yourselves before coming to conclusions without knowing the facts.
L T September 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM
this was actually my family member.. unsure of where you even get the right to judge someone without knowing anything.. ignorance is bliss... I work in the human service field and am not condoning by any means what occurred but I am not in any place to judge .. as are any of you.. an "area" does not dictate the people that come from it, and for your information no he is not from Philadelphia... but rather than giving your two cents when you don't know the story.. and also please remember for people like me who are mourning the loss of a family member, those comments are unnecessary.. lets work to improve society, not add more hate and negativity to it
Lorraine613 September 18, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Roy Martin - you are SO IGNORANT! I am from Philadelphia - Roxborough - so, I guess I am one of "these people", but I have never taken an illegal drug in my life - not even pot! How does one become so stupid? Then, you want to blame the townships? Open your eyes - there are drugs and there is crime all around you and they are not all from Philadelphia! Yes, criminals come from the suburbs, too. Keep your outrageoous comments to yourself.
JLM September 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Thank goodness the officer wasn't injured or killed. Obviously there was a lot going on in that man's life for that situation to escalate like it did. My heart goes out to his family, this must be a horrible time for them. I am very grateful we are not burying another cop.
tim meadows September 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
yeah, really. sounds like another pig coverup!
monkeySEEmonkeyDO September 21, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I'm guessing you have NEVER shot a handgun in your life. The casings are thrown pretty far and usually bounce off walls and other hard surfaces. It's very easy for a casing to fly back into the bedroom if the gun was held and aimed in the hallway. As for your assumption that it's a coverup because the casings found by the body were 9mm doesnt mean ANYTHING! Most police departments dont even use 9mm anymore. They usually use .40cal or .45cal hollow-point bullets.
rick filter September 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Thank you SS. AMAZING how people come to these idiotic conclusions and dont know JACK about the situation! The victim here was a very nice guy. No drugs, not an alcoholic. Just another person whos emotions got outta control. and the demands of people in his life drove him off react in the erratic manner that unfortunately, very unfortunately escalated to this sad sad result.
Betsy September 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Dan was a wonderful man...would help anyone who needed it...even go out of his way for strangers! He never did drugs and didn't drink alcohol! I don't know why he was upset but i do know he loved his wife and daughter and 2 sons more than anything in the world! I am so sad for his family and for the world....we all lost a very wonderful human being!
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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