A prosecutor affirms that Pennsylvania state troopers were justified in exercising deadly force in a roadside confrontation with a private individual they got involved in last week which led to one trooper being shot.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli declared on Thursday that the troopers were justified in shooting at 22-year-old Daniel Khalil Clary of Monroe County during the November 7 altercation in Plainfield Township following a traffic stop.
Morganelli discussed a video that shows Clary breaking away from the rest of the troopers and going into his car to reach for something, after which the prosecutor says he suddenly “comes out shooting” at the troopers. Clary is also said to have referred to the troopers derogatorily as “sitting ducks.”
Morganelli also said that in spite of the situation the troopers tried to follow and comply with their training guidelines. He said the troopers also exercised restraint during the violent encounter.
On the side of the troopers, 13-year veteran Cpl. Seth Kelly was shot in the neck and shoulder, and he bled profusely from a bullet wound on his thigh.
He survived what could have been a fatal incident for him by seeking cover behind a guard rail, and wrapping his leg with the tourniquet
Kelly had been in critical condition and while he is not quite out of the woods yet, is now in stable condition.
Clary brought to a hospital for treatment for his gun shot wounds. He is in jail on attempted murder charges.