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November 9, 2006

Bedford man shot repeatedly after aiming gun at state troopers

BARTON - A man who was shot by Maryland State Police troopers after he repeatedly aimed a handgun at them following a traffic stop Tuesday evening on state Route 36 was 19-year-old Willis T. Clark of Bedford, Pa.

The Preston Street resident was taken to Cumberland Memorial Hospital by Tri-Towns Rescue Squad following the incident that occurred shortly after 6 p.m. No information was available from the hospital but Maryland State Police said that Clark remains hospitalized under police guard.

Clark's girlfriend was taken into custody at the scene and released following questioning. Police have not disclosed her identity.

The troopers - Tfc. James L. Layton, a 15-year veteran, and Tfc. Chris A. Roy, a five-year veteran - were not injured in the incident, Maryland State Police said.

Layton and Roy have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The incident began following a domestic violence complaint made to the Allegany County 911 Joint Communications Division.

A deputy of the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to the complaint in the 19000 block of Lohigh Drive off Mill Run Road where initial reports indicated a man and woman were arguing.

The suspects were driving away when the deputy arrived at the residence. A lookout was posted with a description of the vehicle and the fact that the suspects could be armed.

Minutes later, the two state troopers stopped the suspect vehicle. The troopers gave verbal commands to exit the vehicle. Clark got out of the vehicle but failed to obey further orders before he began walking away.

As Roy approached him, Clark reached into his waistband, pulled out a semiautomatic pistol with a loaded magazine and pointed it at the troopers. Clark ignored troopers' orders to drop the weapon before both troopers fired their state police-issued, 40-caliber Beretta pistols at Clark, police said.

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