PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –- A traffic stop in the Strip District turned into much more Tuesday afternoon.

Brian McCray, 24, from the Highland Park area of Pittsburgh, is facing a list of charges including, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property and drug charges.

He is accused of trying to run over two Pittsburgh police officers in Garfield and stealing a car.

The officers saw McCray in a green Honda CRV in the 100-block of N. Aiken Avenue. When they tried to approach him, police say he hit their marked cruiser and nearly ran over them.

The officers each fired a shot at the CRV. Minutes later, the CRV ended up in a Highland Park garage which was left open by accident.

“The police called me and said that the green car had gone into my garage and the man in the car ran away,” Mary Jo Dorsey, of Highland Park, said.

Police were on alert for the vehicle after a Zone 2 police officer saw him speeding in the Strip District at about 10 a.m. When the officer there tried to pull him over, McCray sped off and the officer did not chase him.

After nearly running over two police officers in Garfield, McCray was spotted coming out of a house in the 1400-block of N. Euclid Street before going back inside.

The officer who saw McCray called for backup and authorities set up a perimeter. The homeowner allowed police to search the place. A K-9 unit found McCray.

The duty weapons belonging to the officers that fired at the suspect were taken in for ballistics testing – a standard procedure.


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