Manhunt underway for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect who shot NY trooper

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A massive manhunt is underway in upstate New York for a 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a state trooper during a gun battle with cops.

Jason Johnson opened fire on troopers who were carrying out a welfare check shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Colesville, about 15 miles northeast of Binghamton, state police said in a press release.

“He is considered armed and dangerous,” the release said. “Do not approach him and call 911 immediately.”

State Trooper Becky Seager, a seven-year veteran of the department, was shot in the hip before Johnson fled in a 1996 Ford F-250 pickup truck, police said.

A Broome County deputy drove the wounded trooper to an ambulance, which rushed Seager to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City with non-life-threatening injuries.

A massive law enforcement deployment is now looking for Johnson, including Broome County sheriff’s deputies and Binghamton police, including a SWAT team.

“Numerous law enforcement agencies continue to comb the area,” police said.

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