State police shoot man during Fayette County pursuit

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State police said they shot and wounded a Uniontown man after he fled from a traffic stop, led troopers on a chase and dragged one trooper with his pick up truck.

Oscar Stokes, 32, is hospitalized and listed in stable condition.

State police said they tried to pull over Mr. Stokes about 12:10 a.m. Saturday, but he refused, drove away and spun out on an icy road in South Union Township. One trooper opened the driver’s door and tried to pull Mr. Stokes from the truck as he drove away, dragging that trooper.

The trooper shot Stokes once in the side, as another trooper opened fire. Mr. Stokes drove away but later turned up at Uniontown Hospital seeking treatment for the gunshot wound, Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV reported. He was transferred to UPMC Presbyterian.

One trooper was injured, but he is expected to recover, KDKA-TV reported.

Both troopers were placed on administrative duty pending a review by the Fayette County district attorney.

Mr. Stokes will be charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing and eluding a police officer, marijuana possession and other minor traffic violations, KDKA reported.

First Published January 18, 2014 9:41 AM


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