Man Flees Traffic Stop, Shot In Clairton
CLAIRTON (KDKA) — A man is recovering from two gunshot wounds and facing list of charges following a police chase and officer-involved shooting in Clairton Thursday afternoon.
According to Allegheny County Police, it all started around 4:20 p.m. when two Clairton police officers tried to pull over a car with an expired inspection sticker and registration.
Police say the driver, identified by police as 28-year-old Anthony Jefferson of Clairton, was wanted for outstanding warrants.
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Investigators say Jefferson pulled into a parking lot but then sped away back into the street. He managed to travel about one-tenth of a mile before losing control of his car and crashing in a driveway at 8th Avenue and Jefferson Drive.
Police say as the suspect got out of the car, officers “could see he was armed with a pistol, and as they exited their vehicles, he turned and pointed the firearm in the direction of the officers.”
“At that point, one of the officers fired at suspect striking him twice in arm,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman, of Allegheny County Police. “Surely he felt his life was in jeopardy as well as the other officer’s life.”
Jefferson then ran into a nearby wooded area, but surrendered to police a short time later.
Police recovered his gun.
Jefferson was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
He is facing charges of fleeing from police, as well as weapon and traffic violations.
The two officers involved in the incident were not hurt.
Allegheny County Police say once their investigation is done they will turn the case over to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for review.