Police Announce Search For Man Charged In Trooper Assault

Jan 17, 2017

State Police officers are looking for a man who they say assaulted an officer during a traffic stop. In this photo, state troopers line the route of the funeral procession of fallen officer Lloyd Reed Jr. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
Credit Gene J. Puskar / AP

State police have announced a manhunt for a suspect charged with assaulting a trooper after a traffic stop on a busy western Pennsylvania highway.

Troopers say 26-year-old Byron Williams, of Pittsburgh, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police say a trooper stopped a car for a lane-changing violation about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and became concerned when a passenger twice gave a false name and birth date. That man, now known to be Williams, got out of the car, rushed the trooper, and wrestled with him before running into some nearby woods in Frazer Township.

Police haven't seen Williams since and, on Monday, announced they've charged him with aggravated assault and continue to look for him.

Williams was wanted on assault and weapons charges at the time of the stop.