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Man shot by troopers along I-80 now in jail
Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka
SNOW SHOE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The man shot by state troopers after a two-county chase was placed behind bars in the Centre County Correctional Facility.
State police said Friday that Gary Alan Randall, 54, has been charged for allegedly leading police on a chase Thursday from Clearfield to Centre counties before his vehicle was stopped by police.
Police said troopers shot Randall in the arm after the chase because they believed he may have been reaching for a weapon after he got out of his vehicle.
Investigators said Randall was shot near the Snow Shoe rest area along eastbound Interstate 80 in Snow Shoe Township, Centre County.
Randall was charged with six counts of recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police, receiving stolen property and other traffic violations, police said.
He was released from UPMC Altoona after receiving treatment for his gunshot wound and placed in prison on $100,000 bail.
Police said Randall led them on the chase from near Clearfield, Clearfield County, into Centre County, between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
Police said a trooper in Clearfield County attempted to stop Randall, who was believed to be in a stolen vehicle.
The chase continued to the area of mile marker 146 where Randalls vehicle was stopped by stop-sticks, police said. He then got out of his vehicle but refused troopers commands to show his hands, which were inside his clothing.
Police said Randall made a furtive move, giving troopers the impression he may have had a weapon. At that time, two troopers fired at him.
Police said after being shot, Randall started to run away. At that time troopers had to subdue him with a Taser.
No troopers were injured during the incident, police said.
Police said Randall made statements to investigating troopers that he wanted the officers to think he had a gun so they would shoot and kill him.
No weapons were found on Randall or in his vehicle, police said.
6 News reporter Gary Sinderson confirmed a search warrant was filed in regard to this incident in Centre County.
The troopers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.