In November, 2017 two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers were involved in a harrowing fight for their lives with a drug-induced motorist intent on killing them. The incident began when a Trooper conducted a vehicle stop of a speeding motorist on Route 33 in Nazareth, a town near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Stopping motorists committing a traffic violation is one of the most common enforcement actions for Troopers, and local officers as well.
During the course of the contact the Trooper began to suspect the driver was impaired on drugs, and requested a second Trooper to respond. When the Troopers went to arrest the motorist, a life-or-death struggle ensued, where the suspect violently resisted arrest and even attempted to disarm the Troopers. Despite being shocked with the Taser several times, and physically struck multiple times, the deranged motorist was able to free himself from the Troopers and retrieve a handgun from his vehicle. During the shootout that followed both Troopers were wounded, and the suspect would be shot multiple times as well.