PA State Trooper gunned down during traffic stop

Officer Down: Joseph Pokorny - [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

Biographical Info

Age: 45

Additional Info: Corporal Joseph Pokorny had been with the Pennsylvania State Police Department for  22 years.  He leaves behind his wife and two children. 

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Corporal Pokorny was shot and killed while making a traffic stop.

Date of Incident: December 12, 2005

By Steve Levin, Jonathan D. Silver and Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH, Pa.-- State, county and city police surrounded an apartment building on the South Side and shut down streets in the area today as they sought to arrest a suspect connected with the fatal shooting of a state police corporal.

Cpl. Joseph Pokorny was shot while making a traffic stop shortly after 2 a.m. today in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel near the Carnegie exit of Interstate 279, officials said. A Carnegie Borough officer on routine patrol discovered the body about 10 minutes later after spotting the empty patrol car.

An autopsy today determined Cpl. Pokorny died of a gunshot to the chest. Officials said he had been shot multiple times following what appeared to be a violent struggle.

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