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tusk212
July 11, 2008, 07:03 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/509091.html?nav=742
Two people are dead after a shooting in the Greenwood section of Altoona late Thursday night.

Logan Township police said John C. Hoover Jr., 47, 520 Jaguar Ave., broke into the house of his ex-wife Tina M. Hoover, 44, of 403 Sharon Ave.

John Hoover Jr. then confronted his ex-wife in a hallway of the home and shot her two times killing her instantly.

Another man in the house, Michael S. Cherry, 48, of 1313 Second Ave., then shot John Hoover. Police said Cherry's shooting was justifiable.

Logan Township Police responded to the shooting around 11:06 p.m.

Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller said Tina Hoover lived at the home with her mother.

Police said that Tina Hoover had a protection from abuse order against John Hoover.

Mirror reporters are working on a full story for Saturday editions.

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Thernlund
July 11, 2008, 07:06 PM
Brutal. That sucks.


-T.

Funderb
July 11, 2008, 07:11 PM
jeeze. man what a downer. at least the perp got what he deserved.

tusk212
July 11, 2008, 07:15 PM
From what I hear, the ex-husband shot the ex-wife twice with a .22 killing her straight away and then took 2 shots at the male and missed. The male shot the ex-husband twice, once in the neck, once in the leg hitting the femoral artery and he bled out.

Thernlund
July 11, 2008, 07:18 PM
Post the full story once it's out if you spot it. :)


-T.

tusk212
July 12, 2008, 04:27 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/509115.html?nav=742
No charges will be filed against an Altoona man who shot and killed his friend's murderer in self-defense during a domestic-related shooting late Thursday, Logan Township police said Friday.

John C. Hoover Jr., 47, of 520 Jaguar Ave. broke into a Sharon Avenue home about 11 p.m. and killed his ex-wife, Tina M. Hoover, 44.

John Hoover then tried to shoot Michael S. Cherry, 48, of 1313 Second Ave. Cherry returned fire with his own handgun, killing John Hoover with two gunshot wounds, Chief Ron Heller said.

Cherry has a permit to carry a firearm, Heller said. He used a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun to defend himself.

Both deaths have been ruled homicides, Blair County Coroner Patty Ross said, but John Hoover's death has been ruled a justifiable homicide.

The deaths are the fourth and fifth homicides in Blair County this year, coming days after one in Greenfield Township that claimed the life of a Johnstown man.

Tina Hoover divorced John Hoover about five months ago, Heller said. A Blair County judge issued a protection-from-abuse order against John Hoover in April after Tina Hoover said he had stalked her for about a year.

''I fear he will snap/he is so unpredictable,'' Tina Hoover wrote in her PFA application.

Heller said there were no reported violations of the court order.

''There's not a whole lot we can do,'' he said.

The court did not require John Hoover to give up any firearms, other weapons or ammunition under the PFA. Tina Hoover said he had such items; she did not ask the court to take them away, court documents state.

Investigators were working Friday to determine whether John Hoover owned the .22-caliber gun he used to kill Tina Hoover, Heller said.

The county 911 center received three calls on the shooting. A neighbor called to report the sound of glass breaking and gunfire. Tina Hoover's mother, who was uninjured, called from inside the home to report the shooting. The final call came from Cherry, who said he had shot John Hoover, Heller said.

Cherry voluntarily submitted to questioning early Friday and was free to leave.

''He gave a statement that supports the evidence found at the scene," Heller said.

Robert Frank, 16, said he heard the commotion from his porch near Greenwood Avenue and saw people running from the direction of the Sharon Avenue house.

''It's kind of weird living right by it,'' he said.

Other residents on Friday described the neighborhood as quiet and safe.

''We were just talking about how quiet it is here,'' said Johnny Hunt, who lives across the street and grew up in the neighborhood. ''Then 10 minutes later, this happened.''

Hunt and Haili Halle were sitting outside when they heard a ''loud crash,'' followed by gun shots.

''We heard three gunshots,'' said Halle, who just moved to the neighborhood from Somerset County.

Hunt said he knew Tina Hoover only casually but said she was friendly and spent a lot of time caring for her mother.

''She'd come over and stay all day long,'' Halle added.

The Hoovers had no children together, although Tina Hoover had two adult children, Heller said. She also is survived by her mother, two grandchildren, a brother, a sister, a niece and two nephews.

Tina Hoover worked as a supervisor at Mattern House, Foot of Ten, for the mentally disabled.

The Unknown User
July 12, 2008, 04:40 PM
Eek. Good thing she had a restraining order! /rolls eyes

Standing Wolf
July 12, 2008, 08:34 PM
A Blair County judge issued a protection-from-abuse order against John Hoover in April after Tina Hoover said he had stalked her for about a year.

Heller said there were no reported violations of the court order.

''There's not a whole lot we can do,'' he said.

A citizen did "a whole lot," albeit too late to do the woman any good. Paper never stops lead.

cassandrasdaddy
July 12, 2008, 09:32 PM
i thought lautenberg mandated that he lost the guns when she got the protective order?

230RN
July 12, 2008, 10:01 PM
Here in Colorado, she could have gotten an emergency 30-day carry permit. Not sure how much good it would have done in that case if she wasn't carrying in the house, except as a "real" deterrent if Hoover knew that she might be carrying. As opposed to mere words on a piece of paper.

For the 30-day emergency permit, you have to actually support the application with a real reason. (As opposed to a full five-year permit, where you don't need a "reason.")

I don't know if that's the case in other states.

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