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January 27, 2014

Mifflinburg teenager held without bail following Franklin County shooting

— MIFFLINBURG — A 16-year-old Mifflinburg man is being held without bail this morning in Franklin County, charged with shooting at a state trooper and other crimes after an a traffic stop on Interstate 81 Sunday.

Sean Patrick Sellers has been charged as an adult and was arraigned late Sunday night before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock. His preliminary hearing will be before Rock a week from today.

Because he’s charged as an adult, Seller’s case will move through the common pleas court system in Franklin County, an administrator in Rock’s office said.

The incident happened about 7 a.m. Sunday morning when a Chambersburg state trooper pulled over Seller’s car, which was not traveling within its lane on southbound Interstate 81.

As the trooper approached the car, a black Chevrolet Impala, Sellers allegedly pulled out a .22-caliber pistol and fired at the trooper.

The trooper took cover behind the vehicle, and he and Sellers exchanged gun fire before Sellers tossed the gun out the window and surrendered. Other state troopers had arrived on the scene at the time. Neither Sellers nor the trooper were injured.

Sellers’ Facebook page said that he studies and lives in Mifflinburg. School district superintendent Dan Lichtel confirmed Monday that Sellers is a student at Mifflinburg Area High School, but he did not say which grade.

Counselors are available at the school for students who know Sellers and have trouble dealing with the incident, Lichtel said.

Sellers’ Facebook page also said he is from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

State police determined through their investigation Sellers had allegedly stolen the car and firearm.

As of Monday, Mifflinburg Police Chief Douglas Bickhart said his department still has not received reports or complaints of a stolen vehicle or firearm. He also spoke with state police at Milton, who told them they haven’t received such reports either, Bickhart 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.

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