Pennsylvania State Trooper Shot By Handcuffed Suspect During DUI Traffic Stop

A Pennsylvania state trooper is expected to recover after he was shot by a handcuffed suspect during a DUI traffic stop, authorities said.

Robert William Ransom, 20, was stopped by troopers on Lincoln Way East near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in the early hours of Saturday morning, Pennsylvania state police said in a news release.

Troopers suspected Ransom was driving under the influence after they observed traffic violations shortly after 2 a.m. An altercation occurred between Ransom and two state troopers as they were conducting field sobriety testing.

As the troopers attempted to place Ransom into custody, he pulled out a handgun and shot one of the troopers, Pennsylvania state police said.

PennLive reported that Ransom allegedly opened fire and wounded training officer Trooper Jason Brindle despite being handcuffed at the time.

An affidavit stated that Trooper Michael Garbacik was working a patrol shift in the early hours of February 29 with Brindle when they spotted a Nissan Altima speeding west along Lincoln Way East.

It added that Garbacik told investigators that after stopping Ransom's vehicle, he and Brindle had smelled marijuana and asked Ransom to get out of the car. Garbacik said Brindle had patted down Ransom and did not find any weapons.

As the troopers were attempting to arrest Ransom, Garbacik said the suspect began to resist so the troopers had pushed him against the hood of their patrol car, the affidavit said.

But all three ended up on the ground and Garbacik pulled Ransom's arms out from under him to place him in handcuffs.

Ransom continued to resist and during the struggle, Garbacik said he heard a gunshot and then saw Ransom, still handcuffed, holding a silver gun in his hands.

Garbacik grabbed the gun and threw it before tackling Ransom to the ground, according to Penn Live. Other troopers arrived at the scene and found Brindle had been shot in the pelvic area.

Ransom was taken into custody without any injuries. The trooper was flown to a nearby hospital in a stable condition.

Trooper Megan Ammerman confirmed to Newsweek that the wounded trooper has since been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Ransom was booked into Franklin County Jail and denied bail.

He is facing numerous charges in connection with Saturday's incident, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault, according to online court records. He is also charged with carrying a firearm without a license and and driving under the influence.

Robert Ransom
Robert William Ransom, 20, is facing numerous charges in connection with the incident, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault. Franklin County Jail