CLAIRTON (KDKA) — Police have arrested another person in connection to the shooting of a Clairton police officer.
Investigators now believe 19-year-old Travis Evans, of Wilkinsburg, was involved in the home invasion that resulted in the shooting of Officer James Kuzak.READ MORE: 10-Year-Old Boy In Pennsylvania Shot And Killed In Target Shooting Incident On Thanksgiving
Charges were dropped against 21-year-old Myles Hutchinson after he was identified in a photo lineup by the victims.
Fred Rabner, Hutchinson’s attorney, says they had the wrong man.
“If an individual identified, for example, him from a photo that must have been three years old that had braids of cornrows and he hasn’t worn that hairstyle for a number of years then they’re looking for an individual that is not my client,” he said.
Rabner says his client fully cooperated with police and offered a complete account of his whereabouts during the time when the shooting happened.
It’s believed on the night of the shooting, Hutchinson was caught on video outside a convenience store possibly involved in illegal activity.READ MORE: Driver Crashes Into Five Below Store In Cranberry Township
“Essentially, drawing out a map for them where he was, what stops he made and where he might be visualized on video cameras,” Rabner said. “What he was doing during those stops I really can’t speak to because I wasn’t there.”
Charges are now dropped and Hutchinson is back with his family.
The criminal complaint now identifies Evans as one of the two gunmen who forced their into a home, threatening to shoot the people who lived their during a robbery and eventually shooting Kuzak during their escape.
The criminal complaint says Evans was also identified by the victims in the home invasion. Police say the investigation into the home invasion and police shooting is far from over.
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