LANCASTER – Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams has concluded a review of a May 11 incident in East Lampeter Township that involved a State Police trooper firing at the driver of a vehicle during a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Lincoln Highway East, where the driver struck the trooper with his vehicle as he fled the scene. Adams concluded the trooper was justified under PA law when he shot at 18-year-old David Pratt after being struck by the vehicle driven by Pratt as he fled a traffic stop. Pratt was not struck by the gunfire. At the time of the traffic stop, Pratt had an existing felony warrant for robbery in Lancaster County. Pratt fled the scene at a high rate of speed, crashed the vehicle a short distance away, but continued to flee in the vehicle, abandoning it about a ½ mile from the initial traffic stop. Pratt was later apprehended May 26 in Lebanon. He is in Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and other charges.

HEATHER ADAMS