Incident happened on Thursday
Investigators said the officers were conducting an investigation when a suspect who is known to officers ran from a home with a handgun in his hand.
Investigators said an officer who encountered the suspect fired a shot and the suspect continued to get away.
Police said it is not believed the suspect was struck by the gunfire.
Allegheny County police said that, following their investigation, their findings will be turned over to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office for review.
A spokesperson for the police department has confirmed that two officers were shot while answering a shots fired call.
A third victim was a woman. The injured officers were taken to Huntsville Alabama Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Officials have confirmed that one officer has succumbed to his injuries, and the other officer underwent emergency surgery and remains in critical condition. Their identities are not being released at this time.
The deceased officer will now be transported by Madison County Coroner Dr. Tyler Berryhill to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville, the autopsy will be performed on Wednesday.
By Rick Earle
11 News first told you Wednesday that those on-again, off-again downtown county police patrols are now back on again.
“I think maybe for a few days they thought they had the full complement and decided you know maybe we’ll utilize the county police,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
After about a month of assisting city police with downtown patrols, county executive Fitzgerald said county police were told they were not longer needed last week, but days after that, in a surprise and sudden reversal, the city recalled county police.
Sources told Target 11 that the city police administration decided to end the county patrols, without consulting with Mayr Gainey.
When he found out the patrols had been terminated, he immediately stepped in and asked the county to return.
Fitzgerald said they were happy to oblige.
“We will be down there a number of weeks, probably a couple of months,” said Fitzgerald.
The mayor had initially requested county police assistance to deal with a rise in crime downtown, coupled with a growing shortage of city police officers.
Many have either left or retired, and there’s been no new academy class in two years.
One police officer died and another was “seriously wounded” after a shooting in the city of McKeesport on Monday.
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (KDKA) — One officer was killed, another was wounded and a suspect was shot in McKeesport on Monday afternoon.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Christopher Kearns said McKeesport officers were dispatched to Wilson Street around 12:11 p.m. for a domestic call and was warned the suspect was armed.
When officers got there, they found a suspect having a “mental health crisis,” Kearns said.
The suspect, later identified as Johnathan Morris, walked from Wilson Avenue to Grandview Avenue, and Kearns said when the suspect encountered the officers, he pulled out a handgun and shot them.
One of the officers was fatally wounded. Kearns said he was taken to UPMC but doctors couldn’t save his life. The second officer was critically wounded and flown to the hospital but is now in stable condition, Kearns said.
Shawn Denning got a tip Aug. 10 and the next day staked out Spring Avenue in Greensburg, eyes peeled for a blue Chevrolet Colorado. The driver had a few bundles of heroin, according to the criminal complaint Denning would file Jan. 5 after the suspect apparently decided not to cooperate with authorities on future narcotics investigations.
About three weeks later, the tables would turn.
Armed, in part, with information from an informant, federal investigators would be the ones filing the drug-related charges last week against the now ex-police chief in the Westmoreland County community of 15,000.
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Rioters aimed fireworks and rocks at the Atlanta Police Foundation building on Saturday evening, according to video of the scene.
Atlanta police arrested at least six people after a peaceful protest Saturday erupted into a night of chaos and violence that included protesters smashing windows and setting a police vehicle on fire, the mayor said.
“Atlanta is safe and our police officers have resolved the disruptions downtown from earlier in the evening,” City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Saturday evening.
“The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction,” the mayor added.
Police have located a white van they believe is connected to the gunman who opened fire at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park on Saturday night, killing 10 people and injuring 10 others.
Multiple police cars surrounded the vehicle in Torrance on Sunday morning and shots were fired, law enforcement sources told The Times. It was not known who was in the vehicle or whether there were any injuries.
The shooting occurred on Lunar New Year’s Eve about seven miles east of downtown Los Angeles. L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna said it was too early to tell whether the festival was connected to the shooting.
A law enforcement source briefed on the matter said the gunman used a high-powered assault rifle at close range. Some witnesses described a white cargo van, which Luna said should be considered “a van of interest.”
An advisory from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspect as an adult Asian man, about 5 foot, 10 inches and weighing 150 pounds. An image showed the man in a black leather jacket, beanie and glasses.
A large police presence is investigating two different scenes in Pittsburgh’s South Side. around 9pm Saturday
At least one person was taken to a hospital from the intersection of South 10th Street and East Carson Street. Another person was taken to a hospital from South 4th Street and Bingham Street.
People who live in the area believe the investigations are related to a shooting.
“My friend texted me saying there was a shooting outside the building and I had no idea ‘cause I usually hear sirens when there are cops around but tonight I didn’t hear anything ‘cause they don’t have their sirens on,” said one South Side resident.
We have reached out to Pittsburgh police for more details and are waiting to hear back.
It is unclear at this time if the two scenes are related.
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Pennsylvania State Police troopers got more than $65 million worth of illegal drugs off streets across the commonwealth in 2022, according to a report released Wednesday. That includes 547 pounds of cocaine and 348 pounds of fentanyl, with a combined street value of $20.9 million.
PITTSBURGH — Target 11 has learned the City of Pittsburgh has canceled its scheduled bargaining session with the Pittsburgh police union.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday night. We learned the police union sent out an email to all members tonight, and Target 11 obtained a copy of the letter.
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Incident happened early Thursday morning
Police activity was spotted near the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority plant.
The police activity was near a cliff that a person might have fallen from and the person that fell was reportedly either on or near railroad tracks.
Oncoming train traffic was stopped for about an hour due to the police activity.
State police said any further details about the police activity will come in a news release at a later time.
Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle has learned that the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board is considering issuing a subpoena to force the city of Pittsburgh to turn over documents they contend may shed critical information on three recent incidents involving officers who allegedly failed to follow orders.
Earle reached out to the city for an update on the status of the information requested by the CPRB.
A spokesperson told Earle that the Law Department is still reviewing the request.
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Two men were arrested by Pittsburgh Police after a chase ended in a crash downtown Wednesday evening.
Public Safety spokeswoman Cara Cruz reported plainclothes detectives saw a man wanted on a federal drug warrant in the parking lot of a gas station at Beechwood Boulevard and Browns Hill Road shortly before 5 p.m.
Another man got out of a vehicle and got into one with the warrant suspect.
Cruz said the men fled as detectives began approaching them, with the suspects taking off onto the Parkway, nearly hitting one of the detectives.
A chase ensued. The suspects’ vehicle struck at least two and possibly three vehicles before exiting the Parkway and crashing at Fort Pitt Boulevard and Stanwix Street Downtown, Cruz said.
No injuries were reported.
The men were identified as James Montgomery and Darryl Lewis, both of Hazelwood.
Manor Township police are searching for a teenage girl who is believed to be in immediate danger.
According to a Facebook post from police, 13-year-old Haley, also known as Cameron, was last seen in the area of Armstrong Junior Senior High School, walking toward Kibuks Motorcycles around 4 p.m.
Cameron was last seen wearing baggy black pants, a black long-sleeved T-shirt with a black T-shirt on top. Police said they have short brown hair and is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds.
Anyone who has information on their whereabouts should contact Manor Township police at 724-763-9677.
A search of the area was suspended overnight.
Timothy L. Glover, Jr., of Roscoe Borough, was riding his motorcycle traveling west on Route 31 near Zemba Lane in East Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, according to the county coroner’s report.
Deputy Coroner Cara L. Shaffer pronounced him dead at the scene.
Pennsylvania State Police Greensburg Barracks also investigated.
State police confirmed that Glover worked out of the barracks in Uniontown.
A funeral service is planned for Saturday at David J. Henney Funeral Home in Library.
At 3 a.m. Pittsburgh Police from Zone 3 pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of McKinley Street and Grogan Avenue for a possible DUI.
An officer exited his vehicle and spoke with the driver who provided his name and date of birth, but could not provide a driver’s license. The suspect then fled from the stop, striking the officer in the leg.
Police followed the vehicle, which ultimately turned down a dead end in the 700 block of Margaret Street in Mount Oliver, hitting a tree.
The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital by EMS to be medically cleared before being transported to the ACJ.The officer was not seriously injured and was evaluated by medics on scene.
The driver had an outstanding warrant and a large amount of narcotics were recovered from inside the vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing.
It has been four years since the city of Pittsburgh purchased two high-tech drones at a cost of more than $50,000. But Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle has learned they’ve never been used. Earle wanted to know why the drones have never gotten off the ground. He questioned the city’s new public safety director, Lee Schmidt.
Schmidt said the biggest concern is privacy. He said he’s working on a policy that will outline the proper uses of drones by city departments. Target 11 requested a copy of that policy but so far has not received the copy.
Mayor Ed Gainey’s administration intends to upend a longstanding requirement for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, eliminating the need for applicants to have college credits before they apply and making the police academy count for some of the credits.
The move comes as the number of sworn officers has continued to dwindle since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bureau is fully staffed at 900 sworn officers. As of Friday, the bureau had 841, and officials have previously noted that more than 200 are eligible for retirement.
A suspicious fire engulfed three Pittsburgh police vehicles on Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out a little before 3 a.m. outside of a building on Western Avenue on the city’s North Side.No injuries were reported.
Officials said they determined the fire is arson.
Police have not announced any arrests.
Allegheny County dispatchers said police and medics were sent to Middletown Road and Evanston Street in Sheraden at 5:40 p.m.
A juvenile was taken to the UPMC Children’s Hospital and one person is in custody after a police pursuit ended in a Pittsburgh neighborhood, police say.
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By Rick Earle
Target 11 has learned that a Pittsburgh police officer has been taken off the street and assigned to desk duty after a social media post criticizing Pittsburgh leaders.
Delmont police said this started with a 911 call for an “erratic driver” along Route 66 on Saturday.
Police say the man had a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his pocket, and that a search found two more loaded handguns in his vehicle.
“The male continued to state that he was ‘undercover’ and then stated he was ‘working to restore Trump to President King of the United States’ and that he was armed to ‘kill Democrats and liberals’ and protect himself from ‘drug traffickers,'” police said in the statement.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting in Fayette County.
State police confirmed the shooting took place in the 400 block of Clover Street in Brownsville.
Faith leaders and community members, including the mother of a 26-year-old man who died this March, honored the 16 men who have died in Allegheny County Jail since April 2020 on Thursday evening at an event organized by the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network.
“If they were not in that jail, they would be alive today,” Brandi Fisher, president of the nonprofit Alliance for Police Accountability, told the crowd outside the Allegheny County Courthouse.
The event took place right before a tense jail oversight board meeting where the results of a survey taken at the height of the coronavirus pandemic revealed harrowing conditions inside the jail.
The group demanded immediate jail reforms
PITTSBURGH — A search for a missing woman took a deadly turn when a man was shot and killed after confronting a Pittsburgh police officer with a gun Thursday night.
Pittsburgh police responded to the 1400 block of Rydal Street in Pittsburgh’s Westwood neighborhood around 8:58 p.m. to assist Robinson Township police with locating a missing woman.
The woman from Robinson Township was reported missing and endangered by family earlier that evening at 6:45 p.m.
Police said the missing woman was found inside the home. It’s unclear if she was being held against her will, or what brought her to the home. We’re working to learn more about those circumstances.
An Oklahoma County deputy died and another was injured after a suspect opened fire Monday afternoon in an Oklahoma City neighborhood.
Authorities said the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire during the pursuit, which ended at Tinker Air Force Base’s main gate. The suspect surrendered outside the gate and was taken into custody.
CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A man is dead after state police said he shot himself inside a Center Township police vehicle on Friday.
The Beaver County district attorney said Center Township officers served a search warrant at a home on Geneva Drive shortly after noon and took a man into custody.
Sources said the man resisted arrest and had a gun. Police disarmed him, handcuffed him, then put him inside the police vehicle.
On the way to the police station, the district attorney said the man shot a gun, then died.
Police have not said how the man got a gun inside the car.
Police officials were able to clear the first scene as of 10:39 PM.
Then, nearby on Craig Street, our photojournalists were able to capture video of a car that went into a home’s porch.
It is unknown if these two incidents are connected at this time.
PITTSBURGH — A social media post showing a teen waiving a gun has led to two arrests.
Police say they recognized the location in the post and acted fast.
Police said discovered that the video was shot in a parking lot in East Hills. They went to the scene and found a large group of young people, many of which were underage. The group fled and police were able to catch up with two of them.Some of the people at the scene were known to be gang members.
Police arrested an underage male and 21-year-old Storm Marby. Marby is accused of dropping a stolen firearm during the foot pursuit with police. Officers found a total of eight firearms, four bricks of heroin, two bundles of fentanyl and other drugs in vehicles left behind at the scene.