DA: Troopers justified in shooting at fleeing driver

Lancaster

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were justified in shooting at a fleeing New Jersey man who tried to strike them with his vehicle in April, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said.

Stedman said John Anderson attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon, engaged in two high-speed pursuits before the troopers fired, and likely would likely have continued to place officers and the public at risk.

Anderson, 55, was not struck by the gunfire.

Stedman said Anderson had committed several traffic violations in Manheim Township when police tried to stop him, but Anderson fled and a pursuit was ended for safety reasons.

Soon after, Anderson was seen traveling the wrong way on a one-way street in West Lampeter Township. He fled again and led numerous police departments on a chase to Bridge Valley Road in Martic Township where the troopers partially blocked the road with their cruiser and planned to place stop sticks.

Anderson accelerated toward the troopers, so they fired and struck the vehicle numerous times, Stedman said.

Anderson continued to flee but crashed a short time later on River Road. He was not injured.

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