CARLISLE, Pa. — A judge has barred prosecutors from using statements by a man shot and wounded by a police officer after authorities said he stole a police vehicle and tried to run the officer down.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremiah Metcalf faces charges including aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude officers following the Dec. 9 events in Shippensburg.

Authorities allege that Metcalf jumped into a police SUV and drove at an officer, who opened fire, and he later told a state trooper that he believed the officer feared for his life. ( ) reports that the Franklin County judge agreed with public defender Sean Owen that the statement occurred after Metcalf sought an attorney. Owen has argued that his client had a mental breakdown and was trying to flee, not hurt anyone.

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