CRIME

Police commissioner: Deadly ambush of Pennsylvania troopers 'has touched us to the core'

  • Pennsylvania State Police Captain Tim Shannon, right, listens to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, regarding Friday night's shooting that killed a Pennsylvania State Trooper and injured another trooper. The press conference was held at the Pike County Training Facility in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

    Pennsylvania State Police Captain Tim Shannon, right, listens to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, regarding Friday night's shooting that killed a Pennsylvania State Trooper and injured another trooper. The press conference was held at the Pike County Training Facility in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan walks to the podium during the start of a brief press conferance on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, held at the Pike County Training Facility in Blooming Grove Township, Pa.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

    Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan walks to the podium during the start of a brief press conferance on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, held at the Pike County Training Facility in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)  (The Associated Press)

  • The U.S. flag is flow at half-staff outside of the Pennsylvania State Police headquarters in Dunmore, Pa., on Saturday, Sept 13, 2014. A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters. (AP Photo/ The Times-Tribune,  Jake Danna Stevens)

    The U.S. flag is flow at half-staff outside of the Pennsylvania State Police headquarters in Dunmore, Pa., on Saturday, Sept 13, 2014. A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters. (AP Photo/ The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)  (The Associated Press)

After scouring woods around the Pennsylvania State Police barracks where a trooper was gunned down and another critically injured, authorities suspect the shooter or shooters has left the area.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says the attack Friday night was directed at state police. He says, "It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen."

The troopers were ambushed at the barracks in Blooming Grove in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed. Trooper Alex Douglass was injured. He later underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.

Dickson, a seven-year veteran, had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago. He was married with two young sons.

The search for their assailant continues.