Police: Armed Man Who Struck Trooper With Vehicle Caught

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) — State police have caught a man who struck a trooper with his vehicle then fled the scene in South Franklin Township late Friday night.

Polce located 21-year-old Zachary Clayton Jones, of West Finley Township, in the City of Washington around 11:30 p.m. Saturday and took him into custody without incident.

zachary clayton jones Police: Armed Man Who Struck Trooper With Vehicle Caught

(Photo Credit: Pennsylvania State Police)

According to state police, troopers encountered a suspicious vehicle in the 200-block of Game Lands Road just before Templeton Road around 11:30 p.m Friday.

As troopers approached the vehicle, they saw Jones was inside, and he had a firearm in the car with him. A trooper attempted to reach into the vehicle to take the firearm, but Jones started to drive off, striking the trooper with his car.

State police say both troopers fired multiple rounds at the vehicle in an attempt to stop Jones, but he continued to flee the scene. It is unknown if any shots struck Jones or his car.

The trooper who was hit by Jones’s vehicle received medical treatment for his injuries.

A warrant was issued for Jones’s arrest as police conducted a search for Jones on Saturday.

Jones was transported to the Washington County booking center after he was found Saturday night.

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