Trooper fatally shoots man on turnpike after crash, fight

March 7, 2012 10:35 am

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A Pennsylvania State Police trooper killed a Maryland man during a fight following a crash Tuesday night on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fulton County.

Daryl Berry, 46, of Columbia, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds in Brush Creek.

State police said the trooper, whose name was not released, fired after Mr. Berry approached him with two aggressive Rottweilers and then hit him with a metal flashlight during a roadside melee.

Troopers said the incident happened just before 9 p.m. on the eastbound turnpike at mile marker 167 in Brush Creek. The trooper, stationed at Everett, responded to a crash after Mr. Berry had reportedly argued with the driver of the other car.

When the trooper arrived, police said, Mr. Berry approached with the dogs "in an aggressive manner and a physical confrontation then ensued."

During the fight, the trooper drew his gun and fired multiple shots.

The trooper was taken to a hospital in Altoona for treatment of his injuries.

State police in Hollidaysburg are investigating.

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.
First Published 2012-03-07 09:35:51

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