2 Dead After Weekend Rampage, Sex Assault Allegation

A central Pennsylvania man accused of sexual assault killed another woman, robbed a store and stole guns and a car in a deadly rampage before he was fatally shot as police closed in, authorities said Sunday.

It remained unclear whether Donald Tolbert took his own life or was killed by police in a chaotic four-hour span that began with an accusation of sexual assault.

State police in Newport told PennLive.com they received a sexual assault complaint against Tolbert, 23, of Duncannon, woman late Saturday morning.

Shortly afterward, police say they believe Tolbert fatally shot a 56-year-old woman in her vehicle while she was stopped at a stop sign. Authorities did not identify the woman.

After that, police said they believe Tolbert stole a car from a home in Duncannon, stole guns from another home and robbed a Dauphin convenience store before officers spotted him near Harrisburg and chased him into a cul-de-sac, where he died Saturday afternoon.

Although officials are still determining if Tolbert was killed by police or took his own life, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said a preliminary review revealed no obvious abuses in police use of force.

``It appears it was justified,'' given the seriousness of Tolbert's alleged crimes, he said.

Neighbors reported hearing about a dozen gunshots.

PennLive.com reported that Tolbert had posted $50,000 bail on charges related to an alleged burglary in mid-October.

A state police spokesman did not respond Sunday to several phone and email messages seeking additional information about the case.

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