Westmoreland County man accused of trying to disarm trooper

A Westmoreland County man was arrested Monday by state police after he allegedly tried to disarm a trooper.

Anthony Muro

A Westmoreland County man was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly tried to disarm a trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Speers.

Anthony Muro, 38, of Hunker, was charged with aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, harassment, obstructing the highway, duty of a driver upon approach of an emergency vehicle and other violations stemming from a traffic stop on Interstate 70 westbound at the Speers exit. He reportedly had two children, ages 3 and 9, in the vehicle.

Cpl. John Peters was monitoring traffic in a grass berm just off the highway near the Speers exit when he attempted to stop a westbound vehicle after activating the emergency lights on his cruiser. Police said Muro was driving the pickup truck and came to a stop, parking his vehicle in the slow lane of the highway and leaving it with his two children inside. Muro approached Peters, who was still in his cruiser. Peters then got out of the cruiser and ordered Muro to stop, but the 33-year-old allegedly continued toward the trooper.

According to police, the following occurred: Peters continued to yell at Muro, telling him he was under arrest. The trooper ordered Muro to stop and, at gunpoint, told Muro to get on the ground. Muro got on the ground but then got back up. When Muro did not comply with commands, Peters started to retreat, but Muro pursued him. Peters put his hand up to stop Muro from assaulting him and tried to place his gun back in the holster. Muro then grabbed Peters’ gun and hand in an attempt to disarm him. Peters then struck Muro in the head with his hand to stop him, and Muro was placed in handcuffs.

Muro was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in Washington County jail on $150,000 bond. He is scheduled for an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing before District Judge Larry Hopkins.