A traffic stop nearly turned deadly after an accused man reportedly injured a state police officer, local sources have reported. New York State Police arrested a 36-year-old man, who now faces attempted murder charges after the altercation with officers. So far, it is unclear whether the man has retained criminal defense representation ahead of a trial date.
According to police on the scene, the 36-year-old man was wanted for an unrelated charge, and police had a warrant for his arrest. However, when they attempted to pull the man over on Jan. 2, the man allegedly attempted to run down one of the troopers, striking him with his vehicle, and he nearly hit another officer. The trooper he struck was reportedly injured in the event, but details of how the scenario played out were not included in this report.
The man was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder in the first degree. He is currently recovering from a wound he incurred when the trooper he struck shot him in the face. A court justice has already ruled the trooper was justified in discharging his weapon in this instance. It is unclear at this time whether the driver remains in medical care or if he has been released to police custody.
Attempted murder is a serious charge that carries heavy criminal penalties, including possible jail time. It will be up to New York prosecutors to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the man was intent on injuring or killing one or more police officers during this altercation. The accused man's criminal defense representation will review the facts of the case in order to defend him from these charges while ensuring his guarantee of presumed innocence remains intact throughout his trial.
Source: NBC New York, "New York Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Pursuit That Hurt State Police Trooper: Report", Jan. 9, 2018