More information on the traffic stop gone bad

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We’re learning new details about the state trooper who was shot in Northampton County during a traffic stop Tuesday.  

At a news conference today, investigators said 22-year-old Daniel Clary of Effort, PA was arraigned Wednesday morning.  He faces several charges including two counts of attempted homicide.  State Police say Trooper Ryan Seiple pulled Clary over for speeding.  Clary was issued a citation and told he was free to leave.  Clary then flagged the trooper down, saying he had a question about the citation. 

When Trooper Seiple realized Clary may be under the influence of marijuana, he called for backup.  That’s when State Police Corporal Seth Kelly arrived.  We’re told Clary resisted arrest after failing sobriety tests, leading to a wrestling match on the side of the highway between both troopers and the suspect. 

State Police say Clary was tased but still managed to free himself and grab a gun from his car and shoot at the two troopers.  When Corporal Kelly was shot, investigators say he fell over the guardrail but kept firing at the suspect.  The other trooper suffered a minor injury to his arm.  No word yet on the suspect’s condition, but we do know he was arraigned from a hospital bed this morning. 

Captain Richard D’ambrosio tells us, “Mr. Clary then runs around the front of his vehicle and reaches into the driver’s side window, which is down, and pulls out a gun. He immediately comes over the top of the roof of his vehicle, firing on both of our troopers.”

Corporal Kelly was shot several times in the leg and his neck and shoulder area.  He remains in critical but stable condition.

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