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Hearing postponed for Pa. man shot by trooper in chase

October 20, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man shot by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper at the end of a high speed chase last month was granted a two-week postponement of his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

"He requested additional time to hire a private attorney," Public Defender Michael Toms said Tuesday afternoon of Christopher A. Neil. It was the second continuance for the 38-year-old Fannettsburg, Pa., man who is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, fleeing police, recklessly endangering another person, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, driving under the influence and providing false identification.

Neil was shot in the arm by Trooper Scott Roussell on the night of Sept. 25 at the end of a chase that began with a traffic stop for speeding.

Roussell pulled over two vehicles on Pa. 997 near Tomstown Road in Quincy Township and the driver of one told the officer his name was Smith, police said. When Roussell went to speak to the woman driving the other vehicle, the man drove off and Roussell chased the car, police said.

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During the pursuit, the driver of the car stopped, backed up and rammed the cruiser, police said. The car later went into a yard off Mormon Church Road and the driver got out and ran, police said.

Police said the man pointed a handgun at Roussell, who then fired shots at him.

The wounded Neil was found the next day at the Mormon Church Road home of the woman who was driving the other vehicle, police said.

After being taken into custody, Neil was arraigned and jailed on $500,000 bond, but spent several days at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center being treated for the gunshot wound.

District Attorney John F. Nelson later reviewed the police reports, and audio and video from the police cruiser camera, and said Roussell's actions were justified.

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