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McKeesport man waives case on firearm charges

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Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:41 a.m.

A McKeesport man arrested on weapons charges earlier this month has waived his case to Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Marquise Shepherd, 22, was arrested on June 2 along Brownlee Street after police saw him allegedly throw a firearm over a fence near Building 63 in Crawford Village.

Shepherd, who led police on a foot chase the night of his arrest and was apprehended by a police dog, had his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport this week.

The judge reduced Shepherd's bail from $75,000 to $15,000. Shepherd, who had been jailed since his arrest, posted bail at the reduced amount and was released from Allegheny County Jail on Monday.

Police said the gun they recovered on the night of Shepherd's arrest turned out to be an Omega .22-caliber pistol.

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, tampering with evidence, obstruction of the administration of law, resisting arrest and possession of instruments of crime. Shepherd's formal arraignment is set for Aug. 1.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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