EASTON, Pa. – A 22-year-old man was convicted of attempted murder Friday for opening fire on two state troopers during a traffic stop last fall, critically injuring one of them.
Daniel Clary shot 13-year-old veteran, Cpl. Seth Kelly, the help of another trooper arrest Clary along the side of the road in Northampton County. Clary was pulled over for speeding and failed field sobriety tests.
Despite being hit with a stun gun, Clary managed to break the retrieval of a semi-automatic gun from his car and open fire on Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple, the authorities said. Both troopers returned fire, hitting Clary several times. Clary fled, driving himself to a hospital, where he was taken into custody.
The jury in Easton to find Clary guilty on nine of the 10 charges he got, and after less than two hours of deliberations.
“It was a very emotional day. Justice was served,” Kelly said as he left the court with his wife, according to The Morning Call. “I just want to thank the community for all the support.”
Lawyer Janet Jackson argued for her client feared for his life after the stun gun was used on him, and said she plans to appeal.
“He takes the responsibility, but we felt that we have a valid self-defense argument,” Jackson told the newspaper.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
Clary’s mother said that her son has a long history of mental illness and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia after a series of injuries to the head.
Clary was found competent to stand trial after a psychological evaluation.
Officials have said Kelly can saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his injured leg before the ambulance arrived.
Kelly was in a medical coma for 12 days and has said that he will keep the memory of the shooting. He was shot through the femoral artery in his leg, twice in the left shoulder and in the neck.
Seiple said at a hearing for the week-long trial that he recalls three things as he fell backward during the gunfight and getting back up.
“The first thought that crossed my mind was, ‘Please don’t let me get shot in the back of the spine,'” he said. “The second was: ‘Don’t let me get shot in the head.’ The third was, ‘don’t let me die.'”