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Columbia, Md., man fatally shot by trooper at Pa. Turnpike crash scene

March 07, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — A Columbia, Md., man was fatally shot Tuesday by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper at the scene of a vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fulton County, Pa., according to police.

On Wednesday, Trooper Jeff Petucci said the dead man was 45-year-old Daryl Jerome Berry.

Berry, who had two aggressive Rottweiler dogs with him, struck the trooper repeatedly with a metal flashlight, Petucci alleged.

State police did not identify the trooper, who was treated at the Altoona (Pa.) Regional Health System and released.

The Everett, Pa.-based trooper responded to a vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike (Interstate 76) near mile marker 167 in Brush Creek Township, Pa., around 8:55 p.m. Police said the two drivers involved in the collision had engaged in a verbal argument before the trooper’s arrival.

Initially, just the one trooper was on the scene, Petucci said. Traffic was not stopped, he said.

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After the trooper encountered the dogs, Berry allegedly approached the trooper in an aggressive manner.

Berry “struck the trooper several times with a flashlight. A struggle ensued,” Petucci said.

The trooper discharged his service weapon and fatally shot Berry, Petucci said.

“The major case team will do a thorough investigation. From there, my understanding is the Fulton County district attorney will look over the findings and make a determination as far as the investigation and shooting,” Petucci said.

Police contacted humane society representatives to retrieve the dogs, Petucci said.

The trooper will be tasked with administrative duties while authorities investigate the discharge of his service weapon, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said.

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