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Suspect shot by Pittsburgh police; officer hurt

Matthew Santoni
| Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, 11:02 p.m.

A police officer was injured and shot a suspect Sunday night after an attempted traffic stop turned into a crash along the border of Highland Park and East Liberty, authorities said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., Zone 5 officers stopped a vehicle with one occupant near the intersection of Stanton Avenue and Farragut Street for a routine traffic stop, Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said.

As the two officers stood on either side of the vehicle, the driver attempted to take off, and the officer on the passenger side managed to jump into the vehicle to try and take it out of gear, Donaldson said. He and the driver struggled, and the officer shot the driver multiple times in self defense.

"The officer believed his life was in danger, and he took action," Donaldson said.

After traveling between 110 and 150 yards down Stanton Avenue, the suspect's vehicle crashed in the 6000 block, near the apartments associated with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Residents there said they were surprised by the shooting, and had thought the noise had been merely a traffic accident until they saw more and more police rushing to the scene.

The suspect suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in serious condition, where he was undergoing surgery early Monday morning, Donaldson said. He was described only as a black male, about 20 years old.

The officer suffered injuries to his hand, wrist and arm, and was being treated at UPMC Mercy. Because officials could not fully interview either officer or suspect late Sunday night, they would not release either name, Donaldson said. The investigation into the shooting was ongoing,

The deputy chief also said it was too early to talk about charges.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625, or .</

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