2017-11-08 / State

Suspect identified in shooting of Pennsylvania state trooper

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Associated Press


Emergency personal responded to the scene where a Pennsylvania State Police corporal was shot in Northampton County Tuesday. The corporal was shot several times while exchanging gunfire with a suspect during a traffic stop Tuesday morning, and the suspect was also wounded, authorities said. 
April Gamiz/The Morning Call via AP Emergency personal responded to the scene where a Pennsylvania State Police corporal was shot in Northampton County Tuesday. The corporal was shot several times while exchanging gunfire with a suspect during a traffic stop Tuesday morning, and the suspect was also wounded, authorities said. April Gamiz/The Morning Call via AP FOUNTAIN HILL. (AP) — Police have identified the suspect in the shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Khalil Clary, of Effort, is facing charges that include attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault.

Authorities say Clary engaged in a “knock-down, drag-out fight” with troopers after a routine traffic stop in Plainfield Township Tuesday morning. At one point, Clary managed to get free, grab his gun and fire at the troopers.

Both troopers returned fire, and Clary was struck multiple times. One trooper was hospitalized in “extremely critical” but stable condition after he was shot at least three times.

State police Capt. Richard D’Ambrosio says he’s “very hopeful” the trooper will survive.

“He’s a warrior. He went through a heck of a fight out here along the side of the road. He has a will to live, and, God willing, he is going to pull through this,” D’Ambrosio told reporters outside a hospital in Fountain Hill, where the trooper was flown for treatment.

The trooper works at the Belfast barracks. His name was not immediately released.

He had ticketed the motorist for speeding Tuesday morning and was about to pull away when the motorist flagged him down, wanting to discuss the citation and how he would pay it, authorities said.

The corporal began to suspect the motorist was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, called for backup and performed a sobriety test. The troopers then tried to arrest the motorist, who began resisting, D’Ambrosio said.

“The troopers were in a knock-down, drag-out fight along the side of the road with vehicles speeding by them, and it got very, very violent,” said D’Ambrosio, who viewed video of the altercation.

At some point, the suspect broke free, ran to his car, retrieved a gun and began shooting, striking one of the troopers, he said. Both troopers returned fire, hitting the suspect several times.

The motorist fled in a blue Pontiac sedan and drove himself to Easton Hospital. He was later transferred to another hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The suspect’s name was not released. Authorities planned to release more information on Wednesday.

State police gathered evidence from suspect’s car, which was parked near the emergency room entrance of Easton Hospital and appeared to have its rear window shot out. It was later put on a flatbed and driven away.

Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement that he and his wife were “praying for this trooper, the family and every member of the Pennsylvania State Police.”

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