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Suspect’s Taped Confession Played In Clairton Police Shooting Trial

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jurors in the trial for two men accused of shooting and paralyzing a Clairton police officer heard a taped 10-minute confession from one of the defendants.

In the recording, Marcus Andrejco tells county detectives he took part in the home invasion that led to the shooting of Officer James Kuzak.

But he says he didn’t pull the trigger and he issued an apology.

“I send my condolences out to the officer. I’m wrong for what I did. I know I deserve to be punished.”

In the recording, Andrejco says he tried to stop the shooting.

“I’m telling him, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it.’ You hear the door slowly creak open, you know, a slow creek, you hear a shot or two.”

He also described on the tape how he ran over Officer Kuzak who was lying on the ground bleeding and paralyzed.

And he made a second apology.

“Send my condolences out to the fallen officer. I meant no harm. I was wrong. I deserve to be punished. I know. Just saying sorry, you know. Lesson learned.”

The defense has several problems with the taped confession.

They point out it was made at 4:30 a.m. – more than seven hours after Andrejco was taken into custody.

Andrejco identifies the second gunman as someone by the name of “Travis.” They haven’t arrested anyone by that name.

The other defendant’s name is Emilio Rivera.

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