Cpl Seth J. Kelly is the Pennsylvania State Trooper who was shot multiple times last week during a traffic stop. Two days ago we learn that he saved his own life by using a tourniquet he carried on his police belt.
As of Thursday, Trooper Kelly was in critical, but stable condition. He has undergone surgeries for gunshot wounds in his leg, neck and shoulder. Though doctors say he’s not “out of the woods” yet, he likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg wound.
“He’s battling. He’s certainly not out of the woods by any means, but… he is a very strong individual, and he displayed a will yesterday that he wanted to live and get through this.” Captain Richard D’Ambrosio
Cpl Kelly is a 13 year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police.
The suspect’s name is Daniel Khalil Clary, 22. He is not denying his involvement in the shooting, according to ABC.
Blue Lives Matter reported:
He was assisting another trooper in arresting Clary for DUI, but Clary attacked them.
“The troopers were in a knock-down, drag-out fight along the side of the road with vehicles speeding by them, and it got very, very violent,” Cpt. D’Ambrosio said.
“Clary was tased, fell down but then it had no effect on him,” Cpt. D’Ambrosio said.
“Then Clary ran to front of [the] car and pulled out a gun. He got on [the] roof of [the] car and fired at both troopers,” he said.
Cpl. Kelly was shot, but both troopers returned fire until Cpl. Kelly was no longer able to, police said.
Clary drove himself to the hospital, where he was arrested. After transfer to another facility, he remains hospitalized. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault and other offenses.
The second trooper involved in the incident, Trooper Ryan Seiple, was not shot, but received minor injuries during the altercation.
Most police departments do not issue tourniquets, according to Blue Lives Matter. Some are bulky, some are not as effective, but in this case it saved a life.
Featured photo: screenshot via NBC