LOCK HAVEN — District Attorney Dave Strouse has completed his review of the shooting of 27-year-old Nurgazy Mamyrov in an incident that Pennsylvania State Police responded to on Interstate 80 East, according to Crimewatch.
On October 5, 2021, at approximately 3:45 a.m., State Police received a 911 call transfer reporting that a gunman was pursuing motorists in the rest area near the mile marker 194 along the I-80 East in Greene Township, Clinton County. The 911 caller reported being chased by the stranger, who was armed, and believed the man had “shoot” the windows of his vehicle. When police arrived at the rest area, they located Mamyrov inside a tractor-trailer, arguing with another man located just outside the vehicle. The two men were arguing in Russian.
Police took the man outside the vehicle into custody and attempted to get Mamyrov out of his truck, but he refused to comply with repeated police requests. Witnesses told police that Mamyrov had chased other motorists earlier in the morning and physically attacked at least one other motorist with some type of weapon before police arrived. Mamyrov continued to refuse to comply with repeated requests to get out of his truck and brandished a large sharp object in his hand as he sat in the driver’s seat of the truck.
Using several patrol vehicles with their overhead emergency lights on, PSP formed a roadblock in an effort to prevent Mamryrov from driving his tractor-trailer onto I-80 East. PSP attempted to compel Mamyrov to comply by spraying a chemical irritant in the cab of the truck, which proved ineffective.
About 58 minutes after police arrived at the scene, Mamyrov turned on the ignition of the semi-trailer truck. Mamyrov continued to refuse police requests to turn off his truck, get out of the vehicle, or put his hands out the window.
PSP deployed “spike strips” under multiple sets of tires on the truck in an effort to impede its ability to move.
About 110 minutes after police arrived at the scene, Mamyrov released his airbrakes and accelerated rapidly toward several PSP soldiers who were standing behind the patrol car roadblock.
The soldiers then fired their weapons at Mamyrov’s vehicle as it approached their position. Mamyrov hit several patrol vehicles, one of which swung violently as a result of the collision and hit a soldier.
The soldier was nearly run over by the vehicles, but escaped with only a minor head injury.
Mamyrov then stopped his truck, reversed it a short distance, then accelerated again quickly, driving through the PSP vehicles and dragging them along the path. Soldiers continued to fire at the vehicle until it hit two utility vehicles near the entrance to I-80. The truck jammed against one of the vehicles and the soldiers were able to enter the truck and turn off the ignition.
Mamyrov’s truck traveled approximately 321 feet forward through the roadblock before being disabled.
When the soldiers entered the vehicle, they observed that Mamyrov had sustained significant gunshot wounds to vital parts of his body. EMS were on the scene shortly after the incident ended, but Mamyrov succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
An autopsy confirmed that Mamyrov had died from multiple gunshot wounds.
After a thorough review, including several hours of PSP dashcam footage, surveillance video, and civilian-recorded video of the incident, Strouse determined that law enforcement officers acted reasonably. under the circumstances when they fired their weapons at Mamyrov in their own defense. and therefore bear no criminal responsibility for their actions.