Authorities: Trooper justified in firing shots during midstate chase

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2018 10:57 AM

FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the location of the barracks for the State Police in Blooming Grove Township in Pike County. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

(East Cocalico) -- Authorities say a state police trooper was justified when he fired seven times at an armed man during a chase involving a stolen vehicle earlier this year in Lancaster County.

The March 8th pursuit began when 43-year-old William Long allegedly sped away from a traffic stop in Denver.

It lasted for more than an hour, and during that time Long allegedly held a BB gun that appeared to be a pistol to his head and refused to drop it.

When he allegedly drove toward state police Trooper James Spencer, the trooper opened fire.

None of the shots fired struck Long, but some hit the driver's side of the his vehicle.

The case eventually ended when Long crashed in East Cocalico.

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