Fayetteville man found guilty of 2020 attempted murder of a PSP Trooper

02 October 2023- Following multi-week trial, a Fayetteville man is found guilty of shooting and trying to kill a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper in 2020. A jury delivered a guilty verdict to Robert William Ransom last week on all counts but one stemming from a near-deadly traffic stop in February of 2020.

Police initially stopped Robert Ransom in the 1400 block of Lincoln Way East, Guilford Township on the night of February 29th, 2020 on traffic violations prior to him being suspected of DUI. After initiating field sobriety measures, police say Ransom pulled a handgun and shot PSP Trooper Jason Brindle. Trooper Michael Garbacik was able to take Ransom into custody, with Brindle being flown to hospital shortly after.

The jury found Ransom guilty in the attempted murder of Trooper Brindle, aggravated assault against Trooper Brindle, aggravated assault against Trooper Garbacik, concealed carry without a license, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and assaulting a law enforcement officer. Ransom was found not guilty of attempted murder against Trooper Garbacik.

Attempted murder of a law enforcement officer carries a maximum of 40 years behind bars. All totaled, Ransom faces potentially decades behind bars.

Ransom’s sentencing is slated for November 8th at 9am.