Pennsylvania State Trooper Shot on Highway, Suspect Caught

November 7, 2017 Last Updated: November 7, 2017

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper was shot Tuesday, Nov. 7, on Route 33 near Plainfield Township, Pennsylvania, and a suspect is in custody, authorities have said.

In a tweet at a little after 11:30 a.m., the Pennsylvania State Police said that “one trooper [was] shot during [a] traffic stop.”

State police said the corporal was outside his vehicle when he exchanged gunfire with the suspect, according to The Morning Call. 

Crews shut down Route 33 at Route 191 to make a helicopter landing, WFMZ reported.

The Easton Hospital was briefly placed on lockdown after a blue Pontiac with a back window that had been shot out was seen near the hospital emergency room.

The suspect drove himself to the hospital and is now in custody, local media report.

According to emergency radio dispatches, police were attempting to locate a second occupant of the blue Pontiac, The Morning Call reported.

The condition of the shot Pennsylvania State Police trooper isn’t yet known.

Governor Tom Wolf issued a statement on twitter, saying that he’s “praying for this trooper and their family.”

“My thoughts are with all of the” Pennsylvania State Police, he wrote.

The shooting took place near Plainfield Township, Pennsylvania. (Google Maps)

District Attorney John Morganelli confirmed a trooper was shot and hospitalized, The Morning Call reported.

“All I know is that a state trooper was shot at a traffic stop and that he’s being attended to,” Morganelli said.

Nazareth Area School District Superintendent Dennis Riker called all parents at around 11:15 a.m. and said all schools were locked down due to an active shooter. Five minutes later, he said the lockdown had been lifted, according to Lehighvalleylive.com.