Plainfield Township, Pa. – State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly remains in critical condition after being shot multiple times while assisting Trooper Ryan Sieple during a traffic stop on Tuesday afternoon.
State Police identified the suspect as 22 year-old Daniel Khalil Clary who was issued a traffic citation during the traffic stop. Before the trooper left the scene, Clary got out of his vehicle and flagged down the trooper. Tpr Sieple thought Clary might be under the influence of a narcotic after observing evidence of marijuana inside the vehicle. Cpl. Kelly arrived on scene to assist Spr. Sieple with a field sobriety test. Clary failed the field sobriety test and was being arrested for DUI.
A struggle ensued as Clary resisted arrests and was tased falling to the ground but had no effect. Subsequently, Clary ran around the front of his vehicle reaching into the drivers side window to access a firearm. Clary began firing at the two troopers over the roof of the vehicle.
Cpl. Kelly was hit several times as fire was being returned striking Clary multiple times. Police said Clary got back into vehicle to drive to Easton Hospital. Cpl.Kelly sustained critical injuries and was able to apply a tourniquet to one of his wounds. Cpl. Kelly faces an additional surgery and is in critical conditon but stable.
– Governor Tom Wolf released this statement: –
“Frances and I are praying for this trooper, the family and every member of the Pennsylvania State Police. This senseless act of violence is a reminder of the sacrifices made daily by all our brave men and women in uniform. Across Pennsylvania, our troopers are keeping communities safe by putting themselves in harm’s way. We must never forget that. I ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in keeping all those affected, especially the corporal, in their thoughts today.”