Suspect ID'd in Pa. police officer's slaying

August 12, 2011 - 5:44 AM

FREEMANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man they say killed a Pennsylvania borough police officer who was responding to a report of a domestic dispute.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli identified the suspect in the killing of Freemansburg Officer Robert Lasso as 46-year-old George Hitcho Jr.

Investigators say Hitcho fatally shot Lasso as the officer approached his home Thursday afternoon. A shotgun police believe was used in the killing was recovered at the scene.

Court documents show Lasso had previously arrested Hitcho in a case that ended with Hitcho pleading guilty to a drug paraphernalia charge in 2007.

Lasso was pronounced dead at a hospital before 6 p.m. Thursday. Officials say he was married with two young children.