Troopers say a man is dead after an hours long standoff led to an officer-involved shooting in Clearfield Borough early Thursday morning. According to state police, the incident began Wednesday around 6 p.m. when two Clearfield Borough Police officers initiated a traffic stop for an expired registration plate on the 300 block of Daisy Street. Troopers say the driver of the vehicle was 48-year-old Christopher Kanouff, of Clearfield, had an active parole warrant so they removed him from the vehicle.
According to state police, officers saw a semi-automatic handgun in Kanouff’s waist band. Troopers say Kanouff then ran away and officers began pursuing him on foot. They say Kanouff pointed the gun at them several times before barricading himself in his apartment on the 800 block of Daisy Street. According to state police, troopers and police secured a perimeter around the apartment building and the State Police Special Emergency Response Team was activated. Troopers say an arrest warrant was issued for Kanouff for two counts of aggravated assault.
According to troopers, Kanouff then began threatening to shoot civilians on the street. The SERT team continued to command Kanouff to surrender and deployed chemical agents into his apartment, according to state police. At that point, they say Kanouff broke into an unoccupied apartment next door, so the SERT team deployed chemical agents into that apartment too. They say Kanouff came out with his gun but still refused to surrender and just before 3 a.m., he was shot by state police.