Police are still investigating after a Johnstown woman was killed this week following a domestic incident.
Officials say 31-year-old Tiffany Busch was shot and killed by her husband, Chad Busch.
“It’s believed that the incident began as a verbal domestic dispute between a husband and wife,” said Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer.
Investigators say two children were present in the home along Virginia Avenue at the time of the incident.
“One of the children, a very young child, was in the room at the time. I can’t imagine a child being subjected to seeing that,” Neugebauer said.
Neugebauer said he’s seen this trend increasing since the pandemic began.
“Unfortunately, we have seen an increase over the last year or so of children being present for domestic violence issues, physical and verbal,” he told 6 News.
He said that could be caused by COVID keeping children indoors more than ever before and schooling from home.
“This is domestic violence at its ultimate worst,” Neugebauer continued.
Neugebauer also said the severity of domestic violence situations has increased.
He said there are resources in Cambria County aimed at helping victims break the cycle of domestic violence.
“It takes the victim being strong, willing to break that cycle, and willing to stand up to the perpetrator of the abuse,”
He said he encourages victims to call the police after a dispute.
Law enforcement can provide Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs).
Or, victims can reach out to the Women’s Help Center or Victim Services Inc.
He said help is just one phone call away.
“There are tons of services for men, women, and kids to help break the cycle,”