ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA – On June 19, 2018, at 8:27 p.m., County 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting shots fired near the intersection of Jones and Baldridge Avenues in North Braddock Borough.
Arriving officers found a 22-year-old man wounded by gunfire in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick; he was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for an abdominal wound and later released.
Investigation revealed that the shooter fired nine .40 caliber rounds at the victim from a passing vehicle; the victim also returned fire at the vehicle. Witnesses described the vehicle involved in the shooting, and the description was broadcast via police radio to responding officers and officers from surrounding municipalities.
The vehicle description was updated by a witness who flagged down a police officer. An East Pittsburgh Police officer observed the suspect vehicle, a silver Chevy Cruze, travelling on North Avenue in East Pittsburgh. The officer followed the car onto Grandview Avenue and stopped the suspect vehicle at that location at 8:40 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle was ordered out by the officer and directed to the ground. Two other occupants of the vehicle then bolted from the vehicle on foot. The East Pittsburgh officer fired his weapon, striking one of the fleeing suspects several times.
The gunshot victim, a 17-year-old male, was transported to McKeesport hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 9:19 p.m. The occupant who was detained was later released. Two firearms were later recovered from the suspect vehicle. The third occupant who fled remains at large.
In accordance with police best practices in the aftermath of officer-involved shootings, Allegheny County Police Department (ACPD) Homicide detectives were requested to assume the role of independent investigating agency. The East Pittsburgh officer has been placed on administrative leave.
ACPD Homicide will work closely with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as this investigation progresses, providing his staff with investigative findings for review.
Anyone with information related to this crime, or to the shooting in North Braddock that precipitated this event, is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at 412-473-1300, or its Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers can remain anonymous. The department can also be reached via its social media outlets.