Meadville Tribune

September 16, 2013

Meadville police chief's son leaves D.C. building minutes before shooting

By Mary Spicer
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — By the time the first reports of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard went public, Meadville Police Chief Tom Liscinski was already out of the media loop on the campus of Allegheny College, where the physical fitness component of the city’s civil service exam for new police officers was administered first thing Monday morning.

Hours had passed by the time he returned to the police station and learned of the incident from a dispatcher who named the location and asked, “Doesn’t your son work there?”

“I was a little tense there for an hour until I heard from him,” Liscinski said late Monday afternoon in regard to the shooting that killed 13.

His 28-year-old son, Nathan, who has worked with the Defense Department in the naval shipyards for four years, had left the building where the shooting occurred five minutes before it started. “He got his travel orders for the week in Building 197 and went back to the building where he regularly works, which is across a walkway,” the relieved dad explained.

Although his building was in lockdown, Nathan was able to keep in touch with his family from his office throughout the afternoon.

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