Suspect in Beltzhoover shooting flees, falls

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 1:42 p.m.

A suspect in a shooting Tuesday in Pittsburgh attempted to elude police by bailing out of his Jeep in the Strip District and later by jumping from the second floor of police headquarters.

Charges are pending against Darren Ramon White, 24, but he originally was arrested in connection with a shooting in Beltzhoover.

According to police, a 20-year-old man was shot twice just before noon near Beltzhoover Avenue.

A few minutes later, a silver Jeep believed to be involved in the shooting was spotted on the West End Bridge. The suspect, later identified as White, was speeding and driving erratically and hit two cars before crashing into a retention wall at 28th Street and Liberty Avenue in the Strip, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Emily Schaffer.

Schaffer said White bailed out of the Jeep near the 28th Street Bridge, leading police on a short chase before he was arrested just after noon.

One motorist suffered minor injuries, she said. The man who was shot was taken to UPMC Mercy in serious but stable condition.

Schaffer said White attempted to escape the bureau's North Side headquarters by jumping from the second floor to the first-floor lobby, more than 18 feet below. He was taken to a hospital for injuries he suffered in the fall.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or

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