State police searching for two armed fugitives from Canada last night closed off Route 50 from Routes 424 to 301, creating a three-mile traffic backup along Route 50.
According to police, a trooper driving on Route 50 at 11:30 p.m. stopped to check on two pedestrians. One was armed with a .357-caliber Magnum, the other carried a 9mm handgun, and the officer and the men exchanged gunfire.
Both suspects fled the scene on foot, and police were combing the area last night. Police identified them as Eric W. Shoemacher, 21, and Don Roger Nelson, 20, both wanted on assault charges in Toronto.