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Suspect in trooper shooting identified

Wounded state trooper 'extremely critical, stable'

FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said the corporal who was shot in Northampton County is in extremely critical but stable condition at St. Luke's Hospital.

Authorities have identified the suspect in the shooting as 22-year-old Daniel Khalil Clary, of Effort, Pennsylvania. 

State police released more details Tuesday afternoon on what happened during the traffic stop that led to the shooting.

According to Capt. Richard D'Ambrosio, the trooper stopped a car for speeding on Route 33 southbound near Route 191 just before 11 a.m.

Authorities say the trooper issued Clary a ticket and told him he was free to go. That's when he got out of his car and said he wanted to talk to the trooper more about the ticket, according to officials.

After talking to Clary, police said the trooper believed he may be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

The trooper called for back-up, and he and a second trooper conducted field sobriety tests.

When the troopers tried to arrest the man for driving under the influence, the Clary resisted and began violently fighting the troopers along the side of the road, authorities said.

That's when Clary was able to free himself, went back to his car, got a gun and fired several shots at both officers, police said.

One of the troopers was hit several times.

The troopers returned fire and hit Clary several times, but he was able to get back in his car and flee the scene.

Clary then drove himself to Easton Hospital where he was taken into police custody. Clary was then taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest where he underwent surgery, police said.

Officials said the state police corporal was shot three times and critically injured. He was treated at the scene then flown to St. Luke's University Hospital where he underwent surgery.

As of about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, he was out of surgery, and in extremely critical but stable condition, police said.

"We are very hopeful that the progress he's made in the last couple of hours will continue," said state police Capt. Richard H. D'Ambrosio.

D'Ambrosio also thanked all of the St. Luke's staff, doctors, responding EMTs and lifelight crew.

"Without them, I'm almost certain we'd be talking about the death of a trooper," D'Ambrosio said.

Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement he is praying for the trooper and his family.

"This senseless act of violence is a reminder of the sacrifices made daily by all our brave men and women in uniform," he said, in part.

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. with the latest details of the case.

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