He Got Shot Several Times, Then Applied Own Tourniquet

Move may have saved Pennsylvania trooper Seth Kelly's life
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2017 1:54 PM CST
Shot Trooper Likely Saved His Own Life With Tourniquet
Emergency personal respond to a Pennsylvania State Police corporal being shot during a traffic stop Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Plainfield Township, Northampton County.   (April Gamiz/The Morning Call via AP)

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg before help arrived, per the AP. Cpl. Seth Kelly, 39, remained hospitalized in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg in the close-quarters gunfight along a busy highway. The 13-year veteran was set to undergo another surgery to remove a bullet. Kelly was helping another trooper arrest 22-year-old Daniel Khalil Clary, whom they suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, when Clary began fighting with the troopers, police said. Despite being hit with a stun gun, Clary managed to break free, retrieved a semi-automatic pistol from his car, and opened fire on Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple, authorities said. Both troopers returned fire, hitting Clary several times.

Clary then fled, driving himself to a hospital where he was taken into custody. Shot and gravely wounded, Kelly had the presence of mind to grab the tourniquet he wore on his service belt and apply it to his bleeding leg, said state police Capt. Richard D'Ambrosio, "more than likely saving his own life." Seiple, 31, received a minor injury during the scuffle but was not shot. Officials, meanwhile, are awaiting the results of a blood test to see what Clary, who remains hospitalized, had in his system. He faces charges that include attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault. Clary's struggle with the troopers lasted nearly two minutes, and at one point all three men were "wrestling and rolling around" the right lane of busy Route 33, in Plainfield Township, north of Philadelphia, as cars and trucks whizzed by them on the left, police said.

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