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Suspect shot on I-80 following high-speed chase
Friday, November 22, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
SNOW SHOE - One man is in UPMC Altoona in stable condition and a couple of troopers are on administrative leave following a high-speed chase and a shooting yesterday morning.
According to Trooper David McGarvey, public information officer from Hollidaysburg, a state trooper headed to work at the state police barracks at Rockview yesterday morning spotted a vehicle that was reported as stolen from the DuBois area about two weeks ago. That trooper initiated a stop, but the suspect opted to flee instead of stopping.
A high-speed chase then ensued, through parts of Clearfield County, including the Golden Rod and Lawrence Township areas, before it ended up on Interstate 80, eastbound.
McGarvey said the chase went on for several miles before stop sticks were placed across the interstate, but the fleeing suspect avoided making contact with them. The sticks were used again farther down the interstate, and this time, he hit them. McGarvey said the male suspect drove a couple of more miles before his vehicle came to a stop in the area of the Snow Shoe Rest Area, about the 144-milemarker.
McGarvey said once the suspect stopped, he exited his vehicle, and refused to freeze and put his hands up.
"He made a movement appearing to pull a gun," McGarvey said. "Troopers then shot and one bullet hit him in the arm."
McGarvey said the suspect then ran and another trooper used his taser to stop the suspect.
After his rights were given to him, McGarvey said the suspect told police he "wished they had just killed him."
Police did not find a weapon on the suspect or in the suspect's vehicle.
McGarvey said the suspect's injuries are not life threatening and he is currently in stable condition at UPMC Altoona.
The suspect was the only person in the vehicle and no troopers were injured.
The right lane of I-80 was closed for several hours yesterday while the investigation was conducted and the state police helicopter was also on scene, shooting aerial photos to be used during the investigation.
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