PHILADELPHIA, Pa — A highway altercation on Interstate 676 led to the shooting of a Pennsylvania State Trooper. A chase ensued and the suspect crashed into a school bus, which was then engulfed in flames.
Pennsylvania State Police has confirmed that two suspects, including the shooter, have been apprehended and are in police custody. The injured trooper remains in good condition at Hahnemann Hospital.
The Governor has received updates from Acting PSP Commissioner Tyree Blocker throughout the morning. State Police are expected to provide an update to the media outside the hospital in the near future.
PennDOT reports that the eastbound and westbound I-76 travel lanes have reopened to traffic but the ramps from I-76 to I-676 remain closed. I-676 East remains closed from I-76 to I-95. The ramp from I-95 South to I-676 West has been reopened but the northbound ramp off I-95 to I-676 West is still closed. Drivers are encouraged to detour around I-676 and use I-95 or another alternative route to get to Center City Philadelphia
No students were on the school bus at the time of the crash.
Pennsylvania State Troopers Association (PSTA) President Joseph Kovel issued the following statement on today’s shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper:
“This morning we are reminded of the sacrifice police officers are ready to make every time they put on their uniform. Our wounded brother is a hero, and we’re relieved to learn he will recover from his injuries.”
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Governor Tom Wolf has issued the following statement:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper shot on Interstate 676 in the line of duty today. I received an update from Acting Commissioner Blocker a short time ago and I am relieved to learn that the trooper is in stable condition at a hospital in Philadelphia. Our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect us, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. The shooter was swiftly taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police. No further details are available at this time.”