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Two held in dragging of Pa. police officer

February 27, 2001

Two held in dragging of Pa. police officer



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Pennsylvania men were in Franklin County Prison Tuesday after they allegedly dragged and then ran over a Chambersburg Police officer who initiated a traffic stop Monday afternoon, police alleged.

Charles W. Flory, 19, of 5347 Racetrack Road in St. Thomas, Pa., and Justin L. Souders, 18, of 1051 Hade Road in Chambersburg, have each been charged with one count of criminal attempt homicide, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Both were arraigned Monday before District Justice Gary Carter and placed in jail in lieu of $300,000 bail. Both remained jailed Tuesday.

According to police reports, Chambersburg Police Sgt. Glenn Manns approached a vehicle at the Southgate Mall, at Cedar and Liberty streets in the borough, and asked to see a driver's license.

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The operator refused and Manns ordered him to shut off the engine, according to a police report.

Manns placed his hand on the driver, at which time a passenger grabbed the officer's arm and the operator accelerated the vehicle, dragging the officer down the street, police alleged.

Manns' arm was released at the intersection of Catherine and Cedar streets, causing him to roll on the roadway, where he was subsequently struck by the vehicle.

The suspects fled the scene, but witness accounts and Pennsylvania State Police patrols led to the identification of the vehicle and occupants later Monday.

Manns was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released.

An investigation was continuing, police said.

"The actions of the people responsible for the attack on Sgt. Glenn Manns Monday afternoon was appalling," Chief Michael T. DeFrank said. "This was the conduct of cowards and lowlife scum of the earth," he said in a statement. "Every member of this department has been insulted and personally outraged by this incident."

DeFrank was not available Tuesday for further comment.

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