Trooper fatally shoots motorist on turnpike

March 8, 2012 12:02 am

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A state trooper shot and killed a Maryland man along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fulton County Tuesday night after the man accosted him with two leashed Rottweilers when the trooper responded to a crash, state police said.

Daryl J. Berry, 45, of Columbia, Md., also hit the trooper in the head repeatedly with a metal flashlight before the trooper fired and hit him with three bullets.

Toxicology reports are pending on Mr. Berry.

The incident began shortly before 9 p.m. on the turnpike when Mr. Berry and another motorist were involved in a crash, the details of which were still being sorted out Wednesday. After the crash, Mr. Berry argued with the other driver, who retreated to his car.

When the trooper from the Everett station arrived, police said, Mr. Berry got out of his car with both Rottweilers on leashes and approached the trooper "in an aggressive manner and a physical confrontation then ensued."

The trooper was flown to a hospital in Altoona for treatment of a head wound from the flashlight beating and was released Wednesday.

First Published 2012-03-07 23:04:48

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