BREAKING: PA trooper shot during highway traffic stop (videos)

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A Pennsylvania State Police patrolman was shot Tuesday morning at 10:40 a.m. during a routine traffic stop on Route 33, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia.

CBS Philadelphia reported that the trooper had pulled over a vehicle, identified as a 2008 blue Pontiac, and was outside his patrol car when gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and himself.

The wounded trooper was airlifted to St. Luke’s University Hospital and is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds, but his condition is still unknown.

According to CBS News, the suspect has been taken into custody, after he fled the scene and drove himself to Easton Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds sustained in the shootout. Police reportedly identified the suspect’s vehicle at Easton Hospital, as it’s back window had been shot out. Officials are looking for a second person who had been present in the blue Pontiac.

Local news outlet The Morning Call reported: “A Morning Call reporter was in [District Attorney John] Morganelli’s office when the district attorney got the news from a secretary bearing a note. Morganelli’s face grew pale as he read its contents.”

Neither the identity of the suspect nor the identity of the trooper has been released. This is a developing story.

Governor Tom Wolf posted a message on Twitter, saying, “Praying for this trooper and their family. My thoughts are with all of the @PAStatePolice.”

In a second post, Gov. Wolf wrote, “This senseless act of violence is a reminder of the sacrifices troopers make to keep communities safe by putting themselves in harm’s way.”

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