EMIGSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A 25-year-old Virginia man was shot and killed as he dragged a trooper on Interstate 83 in York County, the coroner said.
York County Coroner Pam Gay identified the driver as Rasheem Singletary, of Petersburg, Virginia, following an autopsy Wednesday.
Gay said the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide, but she pointed out that a coroner’s determination of homicide – or death at the hands of another – is not necessarily the same as a legal determination of homicide.
The trooper, who will remain on administrative duty pending an investigation, was released from a hospital on Wednesday.
The trooper had stopped Singletary on I-83 South near the Emigsville exit Tuesday afternoon for an undisclosed traffic violation. When he fled, investigators said the trooper became caught on the left side of the car and was dragged while Singletary tried to crush his body against the center barrier.
The trooper first tried to use a Taser, but he then reached for his handgun and fired multiple shots at Singletary, who crashed into the back of a truck. Singletary died at the scene despite attempts to save him.
The incident closed about four miles of I-83 southbound between the Emigsville and Strinestown exits for nearly six hours.