PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Results of an early investigation by Allegheny County Police indicate no criminal intent in the shooting that injured a Baldwin Police officer.
Baldwin Police Sgt. Ralph Miller was shot by a fellow officer while they were responding to a domestic call Sunday morning. The officer fired two shots at the time.
Since the shooting, Miller has undergone three surgeries.
Baldwin Police Chief Mike Scott said friendly fire, such as the shooting Sunday, are not uncommon.
“Every time you take your gun out, studies show they’re three times more likely to have either an intentional or unintentional discharge,” Scott said.
When Miller and the other officers went to the Elmwood Drive home, a woman inside said she initially called police claiming her boyfriend was walking around with a gun and was upset. Later in the call, she told police the man had put the gun away and that police were no longer required.
However, police still responded to the scene and when they spoke to the man, they say he refused to show both hands and tried to close the front door.
“It’s irresponsible to leave, especially with the nature of that call,” Scott said.
Another officer also fired a third shot, hitting the house, because he believed the other officers were in danger.
Two officers have been placed on administrative leave and the man inside the house could face reckless endangerment charges.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.