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Clairton shooting causes man's hearing delay

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

The preliminary hearing for a Clairton man shot by police during a chase was postponed on Tuesday afternoon because detectives scheduled to appear were at the scene of a shooting.

Anthony Jefferson, 28, was scheduled to go before Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault, persons not to possess firearms, fleeing or attempting to elude officers and carrying a loaded weapon.

The prosecution requested a postponement until July 9 due to law enforcement responding to a shooting on Tuesday shortly before 1 p.m. along the 3500 block of Miles Avenue in Clairton.

Jefferson's charges stem from an incident on June 13 around 4:19 p.m. near the Dollar General.

According to the criminal complaint, Clairton officers observed Jefferson operating a gray Chevrolet Impala. Officers were aware Jefferson had an active arrest warrant from the magistrate's office and initiated a traffic stop.

Jefferson pulled into the parking lot, then drove up Eighth Street at a high rate of speed, police said. As Jefferson approached the bend at the top of the street, he lost control of the vehicle and pulled into a driveway along the 100 block of Jefferson Drive, court documents read.

Jefferson excited his vehicle and ran around the rear of a police vehicle when one of the officers noticed he had a gun. He allegedly turned and pointed the weapon at an officer, who responded by firing six rounds at Jefferson.

Jefferson emerged from the nearby woods a short time later, and was transported to UPMC Mercy with gunshot wounds, according to the criminal complaint.

A search of the area netted a 9 mm black and silver Smith & Wesson handgun with a fully loaded magazine inserted.

Online court records indicate Jefferson remains in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.