Shooting involving state police in Fayette Co. leaves one person in the hospital



SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A shooting in Fayette County on Saturday that involved a state police officer has left one person in the hospital.

Police said the shooting happened in South Union Township shortly after midnight.

According to investigators, troopers tried to pull over Oscar Stokes, 32, but he kept driving and eventually crashed.

When troopers tried to help him out of the vehicle, he drove away again, dragging one of the troopers. At that point, both troopers opened fire and shot Stokes in his left arm, said officials. 

Stokes was able to flee the scene; however, police said a friend transported him to Uniontown Hospital, where Stokes was airlifted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is in stable condition.

Authorities said the following charges are pending against Stokes: aggravated assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing or attempting to elude police, possession of marijuana and summary traffic violations.  

At a press conference held Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said both troopers, who are veterans of the Pennsylvania State Police, involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.