Petersburg man shot dead while dragging trooper on Pennsylvania interstate

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EMIGSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A 25-year-old Petersburg man was shot and killed on an interstate in York County, Pennsylvania after he dragged a trooper while fleeing a traffic stop.

York County Coroner Pam Gay identified the driver as Rasheem Singletary following an autopsy Wednesday.

Gay said the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide, but she pointed out that a coroner’s determination of homicide – or death at the hands of another – is not necessarily the same as a legal determination of homicide.

The trooper had stopped Singletary on I-83 South Tuesday afternoon for an undisclosed traffic violation. When he fled, investigators said the trooper became caught on the left side of the car and was dragged while Singletary tried to crush his body against the center barrier.

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The trooper first tried to use a Taser, but he then reached for his handgun and fired multiple shots at Singletary, who crashed into the back of a truck. Singletary died at the scene despite attempts to save him.

The trooper was treated for injuries at a hospital. He was released Wednesday and will remain on administrative duty pending an investigation.

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