PSP: Troopers, suspect engaged in "knockdown, drag out fight" before shooting


State Police say that a trooper was shot during a traffic stop in Northampton County.

State Police say that a corporal was injured during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect.

The suspect then drove himself in a blue Pontiac sedan to Easton Hospital where he was taken into custody, according to police. The suspect is being treated for gunshot wounds.

The corporal was flown to St. Luke's Hospital where he is in the intensive care unit being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. State Police say that the trooper is in "extremely critical condition but he is stable."

“The thoughts of every Pennsylvania State Police employee are with our wounded member at this time,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “We remain grateful to the multitude of first responders and medical professionals who have provided care, and to all Pennsylvanians for their continued support.”

State Police say that the suspect was pulled over on Route 33 and issued a traffic citation. The trooper told the suspect that he was free to go and then got back in his patrol car.

The suspect then got out of his car and flagged down the trooper to speak about the citation. The trooper believed that the suspect was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. The trooper then went back to his car and called for back up.

A second trooper arrived and both approached the suspect's vehicle and then performed a field sobriety test. The troopers were about to arrest the suspect for DUI when a "very, very violent" fight occurred.

State Police say that a "knockdown, drag out fight along the side of the road with vehicles speeding by" occurred.

The suspect was able to get back to his car and get a gun before shooting the troopers five to seven times, according to State Police. Police say that the troopers returned fire, hitting the suspect multiple times.

The suspect then got in his car and drove away.

Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement:

Frances and I are praying for this trooper, the family and every member of the Pennsylvania State Police. This senseless act of violence is a reminder of the sacrifices made daily by all our brave men and women in uniform. Across Pennsylvania, our troopers are keeping communities safe by putting themselves in harm’s way. We must never forget that. I ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in keeping all those affected, especially the corporal, in their thoughts today.

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