Bystanders are being held as heroes for jumping into action, rendering aid to a Pennsylvania State Trooper who was shot in the leg following a physical confrontation with a suspect.
According to police, Pennsylvania State Troopers were on patrol near Pittsburg when they observed a disturbance outside of a Franklin Mini-Mart Thursday night. As troopers approached one of the men, identified as 41-year-old Damien Bradford, he fled into the store. Officers pursued Bradford into the store and a fight ensued. During the struggle police say Bradford pulled a gun, shooting the trooper in the leg.
Video immediately following the shooting shows bystanders jumping into action, rendering aid to the injured trooper as additional officers were dispatched to the scene. At least one of the bystanders used their own shirt in an attempt to stop the officer’s bleeding as other officers arrived and applied a tourniquet.
The unnamed officer was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Bradford was taken into custody. Bradford, a convicted murderer, was released from prison last year after serving 16 years for shooting Dr. Gulam H. Moonda along the Ohio Turnpike in 2005. Bradford took a plea deal, agreeing to provide testimony against Moonda’s ex-wife in the murder-for-hire plot. He has a long list of criminal charges, including drug and firearm charges in addition to the murder charge.
It is not clear what charges Bradford will face in regards to the shooting of the trooper.