By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PENN HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) — The former Wilkinsburg police officer who is under investigation for shooting and killing Romir Talley was recently hired as part of the Penn Hills Police Department.READ MORE: 'I Was Terrified:' Woman Recalls Stranger Following Her Car For Miles
The Penn Hills police chief said Officer Robert Gowans was hired in April through a normal hiring process.READ MORE: Domestic Incident Inside Of The Mall At Robinson Leads To Chaotic Scene
Talley was killed when police responded to a call about a Black man who had pulled a gun on the caller. Police say Talley ran from officers and fired a shot at them. Officer Gowans returned fire, shooting Talley seven times.MORE NEWS: Mountaineers Become Bowl-Eligible With 34-28 Win Over Kansas
Talley’s family has filed an excessive force lawsuit, claiming witness accounts differ from the police report.