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Trooper shoots man in bazarre pursuit

June 19, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia State Police trooper shot a man Friday night during a chase after the man allegedly struck a state trooper with his truck earlier while trying to evade a sobriety checkpoint, police said.

Charges against the Martinsburg man, who was injured by gunfire in the incident, had not been filed Saturday evening.

At 11:31 p.m., a man tried to evade the checkpoint on U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg by going on a private road leading into an industrial park, police said. The man was driving a 1994 GMC truck that had been reported as stolen to the Berkeley Springs Police Department on June 9.

When Trooper T.C. Kearns tried to stop the man's truck, he made a U-turn and drove toward Kearns' car, police said. Another trooper tried to block the road with his car but the man kept driving, police said.

At the last moment the man swerved around the trooper's car and continued toward U.S. 11, got onto the road and turned north, police said. After making a few turns, the driver failed to negotiate a left turn while on Airport Road and went off the side of the road, police said.

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As the driver tried to restart his vehicle, two troopers approached his car, drew their weapons and ordered him to get out of his truck, police said.

But the driver's truck then started, and the man drove and hit Trooper K. Plummer with the truck, police said. The truck also struck Trooper J.J. Parrish's vehicle, causing extensive damage, police said

Trooper E. Anderson, fearing for the safety of the troopers, then shot the driver in the stomach and abdomen, police said. The truck dragged Anderson until another trooper shot at the man, police said.

The truck drove away but two troopers chased it; after a mile, the wounded driver pulled off the road and stopped, police said.

The driver was taken to City Hospital and then transferred to a trauma center in Fairfax, Va., police said. His condition could not be determined Saturday evening.

Plummer was treated at City Hospital for injuries to his left hand and arm, and released, police said.

- Scott Butki

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