PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police say two officers shot a man who pointed a handgun and a shotgun at them.
The shooting happened in the city of Pittsburgh and involved Pittsburgh Police officers, but it’s being investigated by Allegheny County Police. It’s a new procedure between County Police and Pittsburgh Police when there are critical police incidents.
Pittsburgh Police say the shooting happened around 1:20 a.m. Thursday in the 8000 block of Nimick Place in the East Hills neighborhood. The suspect is a man, who police say pointed two guns at the officers who responded to the area after receiving a ShotSpotter notification.
“Upon arrival, officers discovered a 27-year-old male with a handgun and a shotgun. At that time, he pointed it at officers, officers fired back,” said Alicia George, a spokeswoman with the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.
The two officers weren’t injured. But, following police protocol, they have been placed on administrative duty.
The suspect, identified by Allegheny County Police as 27-year-old Eric Farrar of Homewood, was taken to the hospital. He’s listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.
Police say they have an arrest warrant for him, charging him with aggravated assault on a police officer, endangering another person, drug possession and weapons violations.
Once he is out of the hospital, Farrar will be taken to the Allegheny County Jail.
“We’ll work closely with the city,” said Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough. “We’ll take care of crime scene processing along with the medical examiner’s office.”
He added, “Anything we can do to increase the community’s belief that investigations of our officers are objective, they’re not biased, they’re conducted by an independent agency.”
Allegheny County police will turn over the results of their investigation to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine if charges will be filed.