Mifflinburg teen charged with shooting at trooper

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A Mifflinburg teen has been charged as an adult after allegedly firing a gun at a Pennsylvania State Police trooper during a traffic stop along Interstate 81 South near Scotland Sunday morning. The incident caused the highway to be closed to traffic for several hours.

Police said Sean Patrick Sellers, 16, fired one round from a .22 caliber pistol at Trooper Michael Quinn just after 7 a.m. Sunday following a traffic stop. Quinn had pulled over the black Chevrolet Impala operated by Sellers for failing to drive within a single lane of travel. When Quinn, a patrol trooper from Troop H in Chambersburg, retreated behind the vehicle, there was an exchange of gun fire. Police said Sellers surrendered and was taken into custody by Quinn, assisted by other members from the Chambersburg station.

According to the news release, there were no injuries to Quinn or Sellers.

Police said the vehicle and pistol were stolen from a Mifflinburg residence earlier in the day. They don’t know why Sellers was in Franklin County.

In addition to being charged with criminal attempted homicide, Sellers faces counts of the following: attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, firearms not to be carried without a license, criminal attempt simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, driving on roadway landed for traffic and drivers required to be licensed.

The news release said that Trooper Quinn has been placed on limited duty pending an internal administrative investigation, which is routine for any department-involved shooting. Police said that the Department Members Assistance Program responded to the scene and assisted Quinn and all officers involved.

An arraignment is being scheduled for Sellers as the investigation continues.