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Police: McKeesport man lied, shot himself in May incident

| Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

A McKeesport man who was shot during a violent May weekend in the city has been charged with false reporting because police determined his injuries were self-inflicted.

Datwon Deonte Daviston, 19, was arrested on a city warrant on Wednesday as he arrived at a Pittsburgh courtroom for another matter.

He is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a hearing on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Eugene F. Riazzi Jr. in McKeesport.

Police Chief Bryan J. Washowich said Daviston walked into UPMC McKeesport with a bullet wound to his leg after a May 17 incident.

“He said he had been shot by an unknown black male,” Washowich said.

The shooting coincided with a weekend of gun violence in which Tezjuan Taylor, 20, of McKeesport was killed near the city's downtown business district and a man from Pittsburgh's North Side suffered a shoulder wound along Whigham Street.

Jason Webb, 19, of McKeesport later was arrested in the Taylor shooting. A status hearing regarding his case and an eventual trial is scheduled on Sept. 16 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen.

Meanwhile, the chief said, investigators found discrepancies in Daviston's story.

“Further investigation showed it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Washowich said.

Daviston was recognized as he arrived at Machen's Pittsburgh courtroom for a nonjury trial in an unrelated case.

“He was noticed by a (McKeesport Police Department) detective and taken in,” Washowich said.

Daviston is charged with multiple counts in a March 14 incident, including driving 25 mph over the speed limit in a residential area, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of children and resisting arrest.

Machen postponed the trial on those charges until Nov. 10.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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