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Driver shoots Pennsylvania trooper after traffic stop, crashes into school bus, police say.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man in a car that was stopped for an expired car registration sticker traded gunfire with police during a Tuesday morning highway chase that ended with a fiery crash involving a school bus and a trooper with a gunshot wound, police said. Two people who were in the car when it was stopped were in custody, but Philadelphia police were searching for two more following the midmorning crash on a downtown highway, authorities said. He is in stable condition, according to Mayor Michael Nutter. “The most important thing is the trooper is in stable condition, in good spirits, awake, alert, talking and that’s the most important thing right now. ” Nutter continued, “He asked me how I was doing.

When police first stopped the car, they asked the four people inside to exit the vehicle, but one of the suspects jumped back in and took off, investigators said. And he smiled and he’s obviously trying to deal with the fact that he was just shot, which is not a good thing, but in any event, brief chat, good conversation, again very alert, awake, paying attention to what’s going on, he’s well aware of what has happened and he’s getting great care here at Hahnemann.” “One was placed in cuffs in the back of the car and two were were sitting on the barrier. Eastbound and Westbound I-676 is closed between I-76 and I-95; I-76 West was closed between 30th Street and I-676; and I-76 is closed between Girard Avenue and 30th Street, CBS 3 reports.

The fourth got back into the car, even though he had been removed, and took off.” Authorities say the pursuit went westbound on 76 then eastbound on 676. Police say the trooper’s car was then rammed by the suspect’s vehicle, and at some point the suspect’s car got alongside Trooper Casey’s vehicle and the suspect began firing. The suspect again started shooting, while Casey returned fire, authorities said. “The governor was glad to hear that Trooper Casey believes he will be able to be home with his family for Thanksgiving,” Wolf’s office said in a statement. “I saw a gunfight down here,” he said while pointing to Interstate 676 from an overpass. “I came out, there were cops down there, shooting at someone, and then someone was shooting at them.” “I heard what I thought was gunfire, and it turns out that it was,” he said. “When I came out, there was a gunfight going on and that car had already hit the bus.” A newspaper reporter on her way to an assignment was on the highway when she saw the police chase, heard gunfire and then saw flames erupt from the crash scene.

Kathy Lauer-Williams of The Morning Call, in an account posted on the Allentown newspaper’s website, said she saw a police cruiser try to box in the getaway car, but the car then swerved into the cruiser, sending debris flying. All of the sudden, the gunfire stopped and state police kept yelling to this fellow, whoever he was, to put the gun down.” ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper shot on Interstate 676 in the line of duty today. No further details are available at this time.’ “This morning we are reminded of the sacrifice police officers are ready to make every time they put on their uniform.

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