He wasn’t allowed to have a gun, but he killed his York County girlfriend, fired at police

Jessica Mellinger tried to get away from John Snyder. But Snyder followed her outside with a shotgun, fatally shot her, and dragged her inside a York Township home.

When police officers showed up, Snyder fired at them.

After several hours on a snowy and freezing January night in 2014, police entered and found that the 24-year-old Snyder had shot and killed himself.

Mellinger was a Red Lion graduate, a mail carrier, and someone who, friends say, loved the outdoors, line dancing and anything with a motor. 

She was one of many people shot to death in York County in recent years by someone who wasn’t supposed to have a gun.

A YDR analysis of 38 gun homicides from 2013 through 2016 found that in at least 21 cases, one or more of the alleged or convicted assailants was not allowed to possess a gun under federal or state law.