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Trooper wounded in shooting improves to fair condition

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A Pennsylvania state trooper shot during a hit and run investigation in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County is on the mend.

Trooper Michael Trotta was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a state police spokesman.

Trotta was shot four times in his arm and thigh Sunday evening after he went to the 7600 block of Greenhill Road to investigate reports of a person driving over mailboxes and confronted 49-year-old David Ricker in his garage, police said.

According to court documents, Ricker appeared drunk and disorderly, yelled profanities and then pointed a gun at Trotta, who fired into the garage before Ricker responded with several gunshots.

Ricker was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the stomach and sent to Dauphin County Prison on $1 million bail. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault.

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