Clairton man wounded in confrontation with police
A motorist was shot during a confrontation with police on Thursday afternoon in Clairton.
Anthony Jefferson, 28, of Clairton, was shot twice in the arm after he pointed a gun at two officers, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
The Clairton officers were not injured in the incident that began at 4:19 p.m. on Eighth Street and ended less than a tenth of a mile away near the intersection of Ninth Street and Jefferson Drive, Schurman said.
Jefferson, who was known to police before the shooting and wanted on outstanding warrants, was taken to a hospital in stable condition, Schurman said.
“If you feel your life is threatened, then you have the right to defend yourself and others around you,” Clairton police Chief Rob Hoffman said in defending the actions of the officers.
“They have the right to defend themselves or others if they're being threatened, mostly with deadly force. If that's how it comes down, then they have followed protocol and policy,” Hoffman said.
Schurman said police spotted Jefferson driving in a vehicle with expired registration and inspection stickers and attempted to pull him over, but he sped away.
As his vehicle slid out of control while rounding a curve and stopped in a driveway, Jefferson bailed out with a gun in his hand, Schurman said.
He pointed the gun at the two officers and one of them — identified by Hoffman only as a part-time patrolman — fired at least two shots, Schurman said.
Jefferson ran into the woods but surrendered a short time later. The gun he had was recovered.
“At the completion of the county police investigation, the matter will be turned over to the district attorney's office for review,” Schurman said.
Police did not say what outstanding warrants had been issued for Jefferson ,but Hoffman said, “He's been arrested for violent crimes in the past.”
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or email@example.com. Staff writer Michael DiVittorio contributed to this report.
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