FOUNTAIN HILL (KDKA/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.
“As the trooper goes to handcuff Mr. Clary… [he] begins to resist arrest. The troopers are wrestling around with the individual on the ground, in between the state car and Mr. Clary’s vehicle. Traffic is going by, whizzing by,” State Police Capt. Rich Ambrosio said.
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.
“Cpl. Kelly was hit several times as a result of the gunfire. Even after being hit, Cpl. Kelly and Trooper Seiple both returned fire, shooting the actor multiple times. He was also struck multiple times,” Capt. Ambrosio said.
Police said Wednesday that Cpl. Seth J. Kelly, a 13-year veteran, suffered gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg. He’s set to undergo another surgery to remove a bullet.
“Corporal Kelly was gravely injured at this point. He fell over the guiderail. Even through all of this, he carries a tourniquet on his belt. He was able to have the where-with-all to pull the tourniquet off his belt and apply that to one of his wounds, more than likely saving his own life,” Capt. Ambrosio said.
Kelly remains hospitalized in critical condition.
State police Capt. Richard D’Ambrosio says he’s “very hopeful” the trooper will survive.
“He is a very strong individual, and he displayed a will yesterday that he wanted to live and get through this. And, we’re all very proud of him for the way both of my troopers acted yesterday. They did an outstanding job,” Capt. Ambrosio said.
Clary drove himself to the hospital. When he arrived, he told the staff he’d just been involved in a shooting with troopers. He’s now under police guard and was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of attempted criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and escape.
He also did not have a license to carry a gun.
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