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DA: Suspect Who Pointed Gun at Trooper Charged; Second Suspect Sought

April 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Edward M. Louka, 215.348.6896, elouka@buckscounty.org

Anthony Bupp
    Anthony H. Bupp

A man accused of pulling a gun on a Pennsylvania State Police trooper while fleeing after a traffic stop in Bensalem was apprehended Friday afternoon, while a second person involved in the incident is being sought, District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub announced.

The suspect in custody was identified as Anthony H. Bupp, 23, of the 1100 block of Brill Street, Philadelphia. 

Trooper Mohamad Saloukha had just assisted Bensalem Township police officers with an unrelated arrest when he stopped a suspicious vehicle near the Wawa store in the 3600 block of Street Road at 1:26 p.m.

As Saloukha questioned Bupp, who had been a passenger in the vehicle, and attempted to pat him down for weapons, the suspect fled on foot, police alleged. The trooper pursued him, drawing his Taser in an effort to subdue him.

Police said Bupp then turned and displayed a dark-colored handgun, prompting Saloukha to discard the Taser and reach for his own firearm. The suspect continued to flee, clearing a fence and disappearing.

Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle the trooper had stopped drove away.

Police established a perimeter in the Nottingham neighborhood and called in reinforcements, including K-9 teams, to conduct a search.

Bupp was located in a back yard by a K-9 team and was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. He directed officers to the gun he had discarded, court documents said. 

Bupp told police in an interview that he pointed the gun at Saloukha in hopes of "slowing him down," the documents said. 

Bupp was arraigned early Saturday morning before Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on felony charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, carrying a firearm with out a license, and several related misdemeanors. Baranoski set bail at $3 million, 10 percent cash, and Bupp was remanded to the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of that bail.

A preliminary hearing for Bupp is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 22 before Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Gallagher of Bensalem.

The driver of the vehicle is still being sought. The vehicle was described as a dark gray Dodge Charger with a red or maroon trunk and a temporary Florida license tag T207777 on the rear of the car.

Anyone seeing  the vehicle or having information about the driver is urged to call Pennsylvania State Police at 215-942-3900.

Weintraub commended officers involved in the incident for their professionalism and restraint in keeping the public safe and in not firing their weapons.

“The Pennsylvania State Police, and all police officers in Bucks County, are sworn to protect us,” the district attorney said. “Sometimes that means drawing a weapon and firing. Sometimes that means drawing a weapon and not firing.

“I am relieved to say that the armed subject of today’s manhunt has been apprehended with no shots fired and no injuries,” Weintraub said. “His gun has been recovered. I commend all law enforcement, including the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bensalem Police Department, for the professional manner in which they handled this critical incident.”

The case has been assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Edward M. Louka.

Criminal charges are allegations subject to proof in court. The accused is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Contact: Edward M. Louka, 215.348.6896, elouka@buckscounty.org

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100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
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