Harrison Township police pursuit ends with apprehension of burglary suspect

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Harrison Township, Pa. – Police in Harrison Township responded to a burglary in progress just before midnight Tuesday evening leading police on a vehicle pursuit that ended in a foot pursuit and apprehension at a Fawn Township cemetery.

The incident began at approximately 11:48 pm at the Most Blessed Sacrament church office after a male entered the building through a window housing an air conditioning unit. Harrison Police attempted to apprehend the suspect who was operating a stolen vehicle out of Pittsburgh that was parked in a parking lot adjacent to St. Joseph’s High School. The suspect fled police from the school’s location traveling at a high rate of speed on Broadview Boulevard said Harrison Township Police Sgt. Justin Bouch.

Multiple police units from surrounding communities tuned in to the pursuit and attempted to get in place to help stop the Silver Ford Escape but were unsuccessful as the chase continued on Bull Creek Road in Fawn Township. Law Enforcement Officer Chris Cottone frequently updated Allegheny County 911 Dispatch as the suspect passed Metz Road and Howes Run Road headed towards West Deer or Frazer Township. Police attempted to alert Fawn Township Police of the pursuit however no officer was on-duty overnight.

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Sgt. Bouch said the pursuit ended with the suspect taking out a sign and headstones in Bull Creek Cemetery near the intersection of SR 908 Extension and Bull Creek Road. Sgt. Bouch said the vehicle was still in gear as the suspect bailed from the vehicle and a foot pursuit initiated in the cemetery. The suspect, identified as Jeffery Chambers, address currently unknown, was hunkered down in hiding but was located by Officer Cottone who had the suspect at gunpoint. Chambers was taken into custody and transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital with a broken leg and cuts to the hand.

Harrison Township Law Enforcement Officer Officer Neal Mackowski and Tarentum Law Enforcement Officer Bob Lange collected video surveillance images in advance of Allegheny County detectives responding to the churches location to investigate the burglary. Earlier radio traffic indicated the suspect was possibly connected to an earlier incident in Harrison Township and the North Hills.

Chambers was transported from Allegheny Valley Hospital to a cell holding location in the Harrison Township Police Department for processing. PD’s responding – Pennyslvania State Police, Tarentum PD, Brackenridge PD, East Deer PD, Springdale Township PD and West Deer PD.

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