A Lebanon County man was shot and killed in Tioga County.
Robert P. Uhler, 56, was a fugitive found in Gaines Township. He was shot more than once, Tioga County Coroner James Daugherty told Tioga Publishing. No further details were available from Mansfield-based state police as of Thursday afternoon.
According to Tioga Publishing, Uhler reportedly went missing just before he was to stand trial on rape charges in Lebanon County. According to a story from Penn Live, Uhler was reportedly declared missing on Sept. 11, 2020, after his car was found in a creek in North Annville Township. A search of the creek assisted by aviation and canine units turned up nothing.
Uhler then didn’t show for his trial, when a jury found him guilty of four counts of rape of a child, five counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child and five counts of indecent assault. After the trial, a bench warrant was issued for Uhler’s arrest and officials sought the public’s help to locate him. If found, Uhler was facing a minimum sentence of six years to 20 years on each count of rape.
According to the Marshal Service, Uhler pulled a gun on task force officers and in response, was shot. While task force officers rendered aid, Uhler was pronounced dead at the scene.