PA State Trooper Shot During Rt. 33 Traffic Stop in Plainfield Twp.

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The shooting of a Pennsylvania state trooper following a traffic stop in the area of Rt. 191 in Plainfield Township, Northampton County, Tuesday morning, drew a large response throughout the region as state police and other law enforcement agencies hunted for the shooter.

According to a statement about the shooting issued by Pennsylvania State Police Troop M (Bethlehem) early Tuesday afternoon, the as-yet unnamed trooper was outside his vehicle just before 11 a.m. when gunfire was exchanged and he was shot and injured.

A news conference about the shooting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Bethlehem PSP barracks.

State police said the suspect in the shooting–who also has not yet been named–fled the scene of the shooting in a blue Pontiac sedan and drove himself to Easton Hospital, where he was taken into custody.

“(The suspect) is being treated for gunshot wounds,” police said.

“The corporal was flown from the scene via medical helicopter to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for multiple gunshot wounds,” the news release indicated.

Police said more information will be released as it becomes available.

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