A man convicted in the murder-for-hire case of a  Mercer County doctor is back behind bars accused of shooting a Pennsylvania State Police officer.

Damian Bradford,41, of Pittsburgh was arrested after allegedly shooting a trooper in the leg during a struggle at a convenience store in Aliquippa.

Bradford faces 13 charges including, attempted homicide, assaulting a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault, disarming a police officer, five counts of recklessly endangering another person resisting arrest, prohibited from possessing a firearm, and not having a gun license, 

Police were investigating a disturbance outside the Franklin Mini-Mart when the shooting occurred.

The Trooper is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Bradford made headlines after he was charged with the 2005 shooting death of Hermitage Doctor Gulam Moonda along the Ohio Turnpike.

Bradford was the star prosecution witness in the case against the doctor’s wife, Donna Moonda, who was convicted of hiring Bradford to carry out the murder.

Bradford was convicted of interstate stalking and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He was sentenced to seventeen-and-a-half years in federal prison. He was released in December of 2020.

Donna Moonda was convicted of plotting her husband’s murder and is serving a life sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee.