Shots fired at police in New Kensington; SUV riddled with bullets


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New Kensington, Pa. – Multiple police units from nearly every surrounding community responded in full force after a report of shots fired in New Kensington Tuesday night.

Westmoreland County Detective John Clark told the media in a late-night press conference that shots were fired at an undercover vehicle. AKVNEWS was able to track down the police SUV on Kenneth Avenue just south of the Locust Street viaduct. No officers were hit by gunfire however the white SUV had the rear and side windows blown out with at least 3 bullet holes in the passenger side of the vehicle. New Kensington Police did not return fire and no one was hurt in the incident.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Steve Limani said the incident began when police approached a person they thought was involved in another incident when shots were fired. The suspect or suspects then fled.


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At the scenes: At least a 3-block area was closed off to local traffic along Kenneth Avenue on either side of the viaduct and Constitution Boulevard was closed off at Walnut Street to Catalpa Street while officers scoured the area looking for a suspect/s. A 2-story residence on Leishman Avenue near Locust was surrounded by police and a K-9 – that search ended with negative results.

Later on, a SWAT vehicle was seen entering Kenneth Avenue at the Locust Street viaduct with a parallel support group pacing in the alley between Kenneth and Leishman Avenue. As of 12:00 am Wednesday morning, there was still minor police activity in the lower hill area.

AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more details are released.