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Man shot by Pittsburgh police after refusing to drop guns charged with assault

Megan Guza
| Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 3:15 p.m.
Eric Farrar
Eric Farrar

A man shot by Pittsburgh police when he refused commands to put down a shotgun and handgun early Thursday morning in the city's East Hills neighborhood has been charged with aggravated assault, authorities said.

Eric Farrar, 27, of Pittsburgh's Homewood section, remained in stable condition Thursday afternoon. Allegheny County Lt. Andrew Schurman said he is expected to survive.

Farrar is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault on a police officer and reckless endangerment, plus firearm and drug violations.

A ShotSpotter notification sent Zone 5 officers to Nimick Place shortly before 1:30 a.m. Officers encountered a man later identified as Farrar with a shotgun and handgun in the street, Schurman said. He said Farrar ignored demands to drop the weapon, and officers opened fire.

Farrar was taken to the hospital in critical condition, though he has since been upgraded.

Authorities did not identify the officers involved in the shooting, but said they were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation by Allegheny County Police.

Farrar will be taken to Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment when he is released from the hospital.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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