BETHLEHEM, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – We’re learning more about the shootout involving two state troopers and a Monroe County man on the side of a busy highway.
One trooper remains in critical, but stable condition while the suspect was arraigned from a hospital bed Wednesday morning on two counts of Attempted Murder.
State police tell us Corporal Seth Kelly was shot in the leg and neck/shoulder area. He is a Wayne County native who now works out of PSP Belfast.
Investigators say, thanks to a device Kelly was carrying, he likely saved his own life on the side of the highway.
Around 10:15 Tuesday morning, Trooper Ryan Seiple spotted a speeding car on Route 33 South in Plainfield Township, Northmapton County. He pulled over the driver, 22 year-old Daniel Clary of Effort, Monroe County.
“Trooper Seiple issued the defendant, Mr. Daniel Clary, a speeding citation,” explains Captain Richard D’Ambrosio, Commander of Troop M Bethlehem.
The trooper told Clary he was free to leave. Investigators say as Trooper Sieple pulled away, Clary flagged him down to ask a question about the citation.
“He begins to suspect he may be under the influence of marijuana,” D’Ambrosio explains.
Once the trooper allegedly spotted possible drug parephanilia, he called for backup and Corporal Seth Kelly arrived. After failed sobriety tests, the troopers tried arresting Clary but he violently resisted being handcuffed.
“The troopers are wrestling around with the individual on the ground in between the state car and Mr. Clary’s vehicle. Traffic is wizzing by,” D’Ambrosio adds.
Troopers tazed Clary, but he wasn’t phased. State police say Clary ran to his car and grabbed a semiautomatic gun.
“He immediately comes over the roof of his vehicle firing on both our troopers,” D’Ambrosio explains.
When Corporal Kelly was hit in the leg, he fell over the guide rail. Investigators say he removed a tourniquet from his belt and applied it on himself to stop the bleeding.
“More than likely saving his own life,” D’Ambrosio says.
Clary sped off, but not before the troopers returned fire. Clary drove himself to the Easton Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. His car, with a shot out back window, was towed from the ER.
D’Ambrosio says, “bascially told them right off the bat ‘I was in a shooting involving a state trooper’.”
Corporal Kelly is still in critical, but stable condition. He’s scheduled for another surgery Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
Trooper Seiple had a minor injury on his arm.
No word on the suspect’s condition, who was shot in the back of his neck.