Man Accused of Punching Trooper, Attempting to Take His Gun Due in Court

KNOX TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing has been scheduled for a Clearfield County man who is facing felony charges after a traffic stop turned violent in Knox Township, Clearfield County.

According to court documents, a preliminary hearing for 35-year-old Dale Edward Shaffer, of Olanta, Pa., has been set for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in front of Judge Glass on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
– Disarming Law Enforcement Officer – Without Lawful Authorization, Felony 3
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Shaffer remains lodged in the Clearfield County Jail on $150,000.00 monetary bail.

Details of the incident:

According to a criminal complaint, on Monday, April 30, Trooper Wissinger, of PSP Clearfield, attempted a traffic stop on a blue Mazda SUV with a Pennsylvania registration. Trooper Wissinger pursued the Mazda down Zion Road in Knox Township and then onto Clark Road, and finally on a dirt gas well road approximately one-quarter mile until a natural barrier obstructed the road.

Trooper Wissinger exited his vehicle, and the driver of the Mazda, later identified as Dale Edward Shaffer, exited his vehicle, as well.

According to the complaint, a physical altercation then ensued. Shaffer allegedly punched Trooper Wissinger in the head several times and also attempted to strangle him.

During the struggle, Shaffer grabbed Trooper Wissinger’s duty firearm and tried to remove it from its holster while repeatedly saying, “give me your gun,” according to the complaint.

Shaffer then fled the scene on foot.

Trooper Peters arrived at the scene and requested an ambulance for Trooper Wissinger.

The troopers then discovered that Shaffer left two children, ages two and three years old, in car seats in the back of the Mazda, one of whom identified Shaffer as his/her father. Shaffer’s driver’s license was also found inside the vehicle, the complaint states.

An arrest warrant was issued for Shaffer.

He was arraigned at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in Magisterial District Judge James Brian Glass’s office.

Unable to post $150,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clearfield County Jail.

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