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Police ID suspect in shooting of Pa. trooper

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State police have identified a man accused of shooting a trooper who confronted him during a hit and run investigation in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County.

David Edward Ricker, 49, has been charged with attempted murder of the first degree, assault on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault, according to police and court records.

Both the trooper and Ricker underwent surgery Sunday night and were in stable condition, police said.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday after the trooper went to the 7600 block of Greenhill Road for reports of a person driving over mailboxes.

According to court documents, when Trooper Michael Trotta went to Ricker's home, Ricker appeared drunk and disorderly and yelled profanities at Trotta from inside his garage.

Ricker pointed a gun at Trotta, who fired into the garage before Ricker fired back and struck the trooper multiple times, documents state.

Ricker was taken into custody about an hour later by state and local police who surrounded the area. He was transported to a hospital for a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Trotta was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for four gunshot wounds to his arm and thigh.

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