Trooper-Involved Shooting Sends Man to Hospital

By Mallory Lane

Published 11/21 2013 06:22PM

Updated 11/21 2013 07:35PM

SNOW SHOE, CENTRE COUNTY - Police are continuing their investigation after a trooper-involved shooting in Centre County.

It happened around 7:00 A.M. Thursday. Troopers ended up shooting a man after police say he led them on a chase down I-80, that ended in Show Shoe Township, Centre County near the eastbound rest stop.

The suspect is at UPMC Altoona in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Police will continue their investigation to determine what charges the suspect will face. They have not released his name yet.

State Police on scene of the incident say troopers did exactly what they're trained to do.

It's a situation state troopers prepare for.

"The suspect refused to stop for the trooper and a pursuit ensued that eventually ended up on Interstate 80," State Police Public Information Officer, David McGarvey, said.

A high-speed chase led state police troopers down I-80 eastbound just after 7:00 Thursday morning.

Police say a man was driving a stolen car and refused to pull over in Clearfield County.

During the chase, troopers deployed stop sticks to flatten the tires and were able to stop the suspect on I-80 east in Snow Shoe Township.

McGarvey says when the man got out of his car, he allegedly ignored orders from police to show his hands and made a motion, triggering gunfire.

"The officers did exactly what they were trained to do," McGarvey said. "They were under the impression that he had a weapon and obviously, he was ignoring their commands and they thought he was going to pull a gun and shoot them."

Police are still investigating how many shots were fired, but McGarvey says two troopers fired shots, one of them hit the suspect in the arm.

He says the man started to run, when a second officer deployed his taser gun.

After a search of the suspect and the car, police did not find any weapons, but McGarvey is calling this incident an attempted suicide by police.

"We did not find a weapon on him or in his vehicle, however, he did make statements to the officers after he was Mirandized that he was hoping the officers would shoot and kill him," McGarvey said.

The officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative duty, which is standard protocol, until the investigation is complete.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

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