Simere Alford was convicted of first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and related crimes.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

INDIANA COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — A judge sentenced an inmate to 50 to 100 years in prison for shooting at two state troopers during a prisoner transport in 2019.

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On Monday, Simere Alford was convicted of first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and related crimes.

Authorities say two state troopers were transporting Alford from the Magisterial District Court in Clymer to State Correctional Institution Pine Grove following a hearing on June 24, 2019. Alford escaped his restraints and lunged between the two car seats, officials say.

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He managed to grab a trooper’s gun, which had been secured in a holster on the officer’s waist. Alford then fired a shot at the trooper in the driver’s seat, authorities say.

Police say the bullet nearly hit the side of the trooper’s head before exiting through the car’s windshield. A struggle ensued before the patrol car crashed into a guard rail about 300 feet north of State Correctional Institution Pine Grove.

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Police say the troopers got out of the car and managed to regain control of Alford, holding him down until more troopers responded to the scene.