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McKeesport man arrested on weapons charges

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 4:46 a.m.

Police arrested a McKeesport man on weapons charges on Monday night in Crawford Village.

McKeesport police Captain Tim Hanna attributes the arrest of Marquise Shepherd, 22, to proactive police work by officers who were patrolling the housing complex on foot when they encountered Shepherd at 11:50 p.m.

Hanna said officers noted Shepherd hiked his pants up and reached into his front left pants pocket as they approached. When police asked if he lived in Crawford Village, Hanna said, the suspect turned and ran.

During the foot chase, officers saw the suspect allegedly throw a firearm over a fence near Building 63. Shepherd escaped police for a time but was eventually caught by a K-9 in the area of Brownlee Street.

Hanna said police recovered the discarded firearm, which turned out to be an Omega .22 caliber pistol.

The arresting officers were carrying out a saturation detail in the complex organized in response to recent criminal activity in the area.

“The officers were proactive in their patrol,” said Hanna. “They made a good arrest and got a firearm off the street.”

Shepherd is charged with escape, flight to avoid apprehension, carrying a firearm without a license, persons not to possess a firearm, reckless endangerment of another person, tamper with evidence, obstruction of the administration of law, resisting arrest and possession of instruments of crime.

Shepherd was arraigned Tuesday in McKeesport and is being held in Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 bail. His preliminary hearing in McKeesport is scheduled for June 16.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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