Trooper Shooting Sparks Fear

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BETHLEHEM -- The shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police corporal during a traffic stop has gained attention statewide.

People in Lehigh County can't believe the series of events that transpired.

The Pennsylvania State Police corporal that was shot multiple times underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital near Bethlehem. Police said he was in critical, but stable condition Tuesday night.

What started as a routine traffic stop just before 11 a.m. Tuesday on Route 33 in Plainfield Township resulted with a state police corporal critically wounded and fighting for his life after being shot multiple times by a man who is now in custody.

According to online court documents, Daniel Clary, 22, of Effort, was charged in connection with the shooting.

News of the shooting spread quickly throughout the area and some people are growing more and more concerned about the continuing issue of gun violence in America. One person Newswatch 16 spoke with said, "There's no regard for human life anymore."

Others are just stunned about the incident that has sent shockwaves throughout the state.

"It's insane that people are just thinking it's OK to shoot up people in the first place and that man obviously deserves to be in custody because of what he did," said Laisa Gibson of Harrisburg.

"People are just out here shooting official officers. I don't want to live in this country, like that is just crazy," said Gabrielle Ortiz of Allentown.

The shooting brings up the topic of gun violence once again, which has become a prevalent issue in the United States, one that some people are growing tired of.

"I just think that it's awful that people are allowed to obtain guns so easily and that there's so much violence with them, especially recently. And there's something that should be done about it," said Mikaela Weimer of New Jersey.

"I have no idea why people would want to come here at this point. In my honest opinion, I don't think it's a safe place to even raise children."

State police say that while the shootout broke out between the suspect and two troopers, cars were whizzing by as people were traveling along Route 33. The stretch where the shooting occurred on Route 33 in Plainfield Townfield is a well-traveled portion between the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.

The southbound lanes were shut down following the shooting.

Many drivers were forced to detour off Route 33 and Newswatch 16 spoke with a few folks who actually heard gunshots from the altercation

"I work right there and it happened next to my work and we heard gunshots. Then, everyone, we had to clear out of our area and we were able to go back 30 minutes ago," said Justin Hutson.

A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning.



  • les

    I’m not afraid.
    It’s time to be pissed and weed these thugs out. I wish I would have come upon him assaulting the troopers. I would’ve ventilated the wild animal.

  • Adam B

    While NEPA is concerned with guns while the youth sports coaches, street roamers, and fat county VPs molest away. Coal Region is no more. Welcome to Pedo Molestasia aka Horny Valley

  • john williams

    All- don’t waste oxygen arguing with the likes of Archie……you’re peeing into a fan in the wrong direction. Focus your energy where it’s a worthwhile effort.

  • III%

    Archie I think your misguided and need to be educated so here’s what I’ll do I’m going to donate $25 to the NRA FOUNDATION in your honor to help educate you and people like you
    If anyone else would like to help Archie or others like him I’ll post the information below
    The NRA foundation
    11250 Waples Mill rd
    Fairfax VA. 22030

    Let’s all help Archie out !

  • Richard Russell

    Ms. Ortiz doesn’t care to live in our country anymore. I believe Latinos are people of color. My problem is defending myself against the urban political machine who has sought me out with the intent of murdering me because i don’t care to listen to the lie that ‘WE’ believe things i didn’t learn from the color of my skin. To the extent that some of these officers think that they have the right to murder people who decline to love the goverment jesus,My right not to be the victim of anything prohibited by law is more important than the government’s right to wander my country in a uniform, because children know the stamp on cigarettes says the state is a waste of money.

  • III%

    As for “Archie Beal” if that is a factual name the best advice I can tell you is stay in your safe place and lock the doors and close the curtains put on a new tin foil hat and retreat to your basement “apartment ” because there are armed law abiding citizens out here and we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon

  • Britt

    The safe is set so it’s a one turn to open and the clip is full I also have a tazer and pepper spray since I am aware of it not being on me

  • III%

    I’ve been sitting here watching this “black” gun in the corner of my living room for several day’s and not once has it made a move to harm anyone…

    • Millennials, 🙄

      Yep. Young liberal snowflakes including one from NJ where having a long knife on you is against the law. They’ve been indoctrinated well. Perhaps they should check out Australia, a place where guns have been confiscated but yet (gasp – horrors – shock) there’s still gun violence. How can that be?


    hey media, its mental illness problem, not gun problem, once our 2nd amendment rights taken away might as well throw all our amendments out the window with it, lets bring back halfway houses and if you crazy you get put away for a year, not a couple days


    Throw this s***bag’s name in facebook and all your questions will be answered! Including why WCNNEP did not post a pic of this thug.

  • Thomas

    Sparks fear? Let me guess, the reporter interviewed 25 people and found 3 liberals to spout gun control rhetoric? TELLING SOMEONE THEY CANT BUY A GUN DOESNT MEAN THEY WILL LISTEN.

  • Fredric

    Welcome to the Wild Wild Northeastern Pennsylvania where we see news like this every week. Holier than Thou Pike County has shootings and trials almost monthly. Dodge City had nothing on use except when it came in Caravans

    • Van man

      Dodge didn’t make the Caravan until 1984. What does a minivan have to do with this article? Is this what ashole Archie meant by ‘van all firearms’?

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