PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says that a 24-year-old man is dead after he was shot by Pittsburgh police during a traffic stop in the city’s Knoxville section.
KDKA’s Paul Martino reports two plainclothes police officers were involved.
Police pulled over the man driving a Mercedes Benz just before 4 p.m. on Brownsville Road. The man was ordered to get out of the car, but he refused.
“They continually asked him to turn off the car,” Ginger Waugh, an eyewitness, said. “I don’t know if he was getting ready to run or not, but he went to go get out the car, like I think to run, and they just opened fire on him.”
Shell casings dotted the road. Police say they repeatedly tried to get the man to step out of his car.
“The officers ordered the driver to see his hands,” Pittsburgh Police Lt. Dan Herrmann said.
They say they spotted a gun as the driver tried to pull away, striking a parked van.
“At least one plainclothes officer did fire shots at the driver,” Herrmann said.
Several shots were fired. The suspect died on the way to the hospital. People at the scene were visibly upset.
“The man laid on the ground for 15 minutes – nobody even tried to help him – and they shot him like nine times,” Waugh said. “It’s just ridiculous.”
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the medical examiner’s office has identified the driver as 24-year-old Lawrence Jones of the North Side.
The officers involved in the shooting have been removed from street duty, which is routine procedure.
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