HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP, Penn. – An Oklahoma truck driver is recovering after an officer shot him during an altercation involving a mallet and pepper spray in Pennsylvania.
According to Pennsylvania authorities, Dan Hadean of Oklahoma City was hauling a truckload of fruit from California to New York.
Monday night officer Charles Dieterrick pulled over the truck carrying $80,000 worth of peaches and cherries for multiple violations.
Authorities told WNEP the officer was placing the tractor trailer “out of service” and Hadean “became combative.”
According to the report, Dieterrick fired his stun gun.
The officer said Hadean responded by spraying him with pepper spray and hitting him with a hammer.
State police said that’s when the officer shot Hadean twice, once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen.
The Columbia County district attorney has ruled the shooting justified and said Hadean is expected to be charged when he is released from the hospital.
Officials said they determined Hadean had altered paperwork.
According to the report, his travel logs stated he left two days before he actually did.
WNEP reported officials claim the logs were falsified so Hadean could make the cross-country trek without taking the required breaks.