HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP — A trucker was shot by a local police officer Monday night along Interstate 80, according to state police in Columbia County
The incident happened around 9 p.m. at the I-80 east off-ramp at Buckhorn. State police said a Hemlock Township officer shot a truck driver.
According to state police, the Hemlock officer pulled over a tractor-trailer for equipment violations. During that stop, the officer told the driver his rig would be taken off the road and impounded.
A tow truck was called. State police said the driver approached the police officer and started some kind of fight. Troopers said the officer pulled out his gun and fired at the truck driver.
The truck driver was hit and was in surgery overnight. His name and condition have not been released.
A stun gun was spotted near the truck. Police did not say if the truck driver was hit with that. Police also have not said if the truck driver was armed, where he was coming from, where he was going, or what was wrong with his equipment.
State police have not said how long the off ramp will be closed. Troopers said they will release more information at a later point.