Officer involved shooting under investigation

PITTSBURGH, PA – An arrest warrant has been filed against Paul Anthony Adams, Jr. of Pitcairn for two counts of aggravated assault by physical menace in the December 4, 2017 police-involved shooting in Point Breeze.

At approximately 11:52 p.m. that evening, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) was notified of the shooting, which occurred near the intersection of Penn and South Braddock avenues. Upon responding to the scene, the initial investigation determined that a male had been shot by Wilkinsburg police officers. He was transported to UPMC Presbyterian in critical condition. Reportedly, Wilkinsburg police officers attempted to stop the male, who was driving a grey Chrysler minivan traveling at a high rate of speed in the Wilkinsburg area. The officers pursued the suspect’s vehicle, for various traffic violations, into the City of Pittsburgh.

When officers initiated a traffic stop, the male exited the driver’s side of the vehicle, then re-entered the vehicle, this time exiting with a shotgun in his hand. When he pointed the shotgun in the direction of the officer, they were able to take cover before firing at the driver.

The driver’s weapon was recovered along with another loaded firearm on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The driver’s condition is listed as critical but stable. The PBP in conjunction with the Allegheny County District Attorney Office, are investigating this incident. No additional information will be released by the PBP at this time. Further inquiries should be referred to the Wilkinsburg Police Department.