Police Apprehend Man in Clinton Township Wanted for Shooting NYPD Officer and Officer’s Grandmother

| May 24, 2023

CLINTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Local state police apprehended a wanted man in Clinton Township who is accused of shooting an off-duty police officer and his grandmother in New York City.

According to court documents, Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 44-year-old Michael Alexander Troutman, of Snellville, GA, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on Sunday, May 21.

According to a criminal complaint, troopers responded to a patrol check at a convenience store on State Route 308 in Clinton Township, Venango County. Officers were requested to check on a silver Toyota van with Georgia registration that was located in the parking lot.

Troopers arrived on scene at 12:17 a.m. and located the silver van parked on the south side of the building. Upon running the registration, an NCIC entry was observed for the vehicle requesting a Felony Stop to identify the driver and occupants for an aggravated assault that occurred in New York City, New York, the complaint states.

The NCIC entry further related that the operator was a tall black male with a beard, and a large build, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

At this time, troopers requested backup from PSP Butler before initiating contact. Upon arrival on PSP Butler, troopers initiated a Felony Traffic Stop and hailed the driver out of the vehicle without incident. The operator was a tall black male with a beard, and a large build, the complaint indicates.

The operator was identified by his Georgia OLN as Michael Alexander Troutman, the complaint notes.

Upon looking in the van for other occupants, troopers observed the butt stock of an “AR Style 12 Gauge Shot Gun” with the rest of the gun covered up, the complaint states.

Upon sending the hit confirmation to New York City PD, a detective related the following information:

“We are so grateful that you found Troutman. He shot an Off-Duty Police Officer and the officer’s grandmother with a 12-gauge shotgun. Luckily, both survived. Troutman was sitting in a parking lot and let them enter their car and shot them through the car window and fled the scene.”

The detective further related that it was confirmed with the state of Georgia that Troutman is a felon not to possess a firearm. It was also learned Troutman has an active PFA out of Georgia that prohibits him from possessing a firearm, the complaint indicates.

Troutman was arraigned at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, on the following charges in front of District Judge Andrew Fish:

  • Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 1
  • Carrying Loaded Weapon, Felony 1
  • Intentionally/Knowingly Accepts Possession of Firearm/Weapon From Person With Active PFA, Felony 1

Troutman is lodged in the Venango County Prison with bail denied. The bail action reason was listed as “severity of charges and CR record.”

A preliminary hearing that was scheduled for May 24 has been continued and will resume on Wednesday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m. in Venango County Central Court.

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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group, who is based out of Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to TheHockeyWriters.com as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 6 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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