Gunfire Erupts During Undercover Drug Operation In West End
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One man is in police custody after a DEA and State Police drug bust escalated into shots being fired and a police chase on Pittsburgh’s West End Wednesday evening.
The incident started around 7 p.m. when the suspect, who sources identify as 48-year-old Drew Bey of Beechview, met undercover officers on Linhart Street at the intersection of Steuben Street.
When Bey realized that he was part of a sting, he took off his Lincoln, hitting a concrete wall and numerous cars, including at least one undercover police vehicle.
When he headed directly towards troopers that’s when the police fired three shots at Bey’s car.
“It was dramatic,” said Frank Perella, a witness. “I seen the flames coming out of the barrel of a gun, an automatic weapon. I’ve never been right in the middle of something like that.”
State Police, along with Pittsburgh City Police and Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies began chasing the suspect through the West End until a police K-9 found him lying in a creek near Woodruff Street.
He was taken into police custody.
“We were able to apprehend him with the help of Allegheny County Sheriff, county police and Pittsburgh Police down near 51,” said Trooper Robin Mungo, of Pennsylvania State Police. “They found him in a creek there along with his vehicle.”
The vehicle was found abandoned on Minnotte Square.
No one was hurt.
Bey was taken to the state police barracks for questioning. State police say he will face charges.