The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 27, 2014

Police: Mifflinburg teen charged in shootout with state trooper

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

UPDATE: Sean Patrick Sellers, 16, of Mifflinburg, was arraigned Sunday evening in Franklin County and held without bail. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

CHAMBERSBURG — A 16-year-old Mifflinburg boy allegedly fired a stolen 22-caliber handgun at a state police trooper who pulled him over on southbound Interstate 81 near Chambersburg on Sunday morning. The teen is charged as an adult with attempted homicide and other counts.

Sean Patrick Sellers allegedly stole the pistol and a black Chevrolet Impala from a Mifflinburg home early Sunday morning, state police at Chambersburg reported.

The incident occurred some 100 miles south of Mifflinburg at about 7:10 a.m. in Greene Township, Franklin County, about 50 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

According to state police, trooper Michael Quinn pulled over Sellers for allegedly failing to drive within a single lane of travel. According to the police report, as Quinn approached the vehicle, Sellers allegedly pulled out the pistol and fired one shot in the trooper’s direction.

Quinn retreated behind the suspect’s car, and he and Sellers allegedly exchanged gunfire, the report stated. Sellers then surrendered, and Quinn and other troopers who arrived at the scene took him into custody. Neither Sellers nor Quinn was injured, police said.

The standoff shut down a portion of southbound Interstate 81 for nearly four hours while police conducted an investigation, during which troopers said they determined that Sellers had stolen the gun and car from a Mifflinburg home.

Neither the Mifflinburg Police Department nor state police at Milton had reports Sunday of a stolen vehicle or gun from the Mifflinburg area, officers at both stations said.

Sellers is charged as an adult with two felony counts each of criminal attempted homicide, one against a law enforcement officer, and aggravated assault, one against an officer. He also is charged with theft, firearms carried without a license, attempted simple assault, reckless endangerment, failure to drive in the correct lane and driving without a license.

Sellers was awaiting arraignment in Franklin County as of deadline Sunday night.

Quinn, who will mark one year as a trooper next week, was placed on limited duty pending an internal investigation, which state police said is routine for any officer involved in a shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.