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Bail revoked for suspect in shooting of policeman

Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Homewood teen waited until Pittsburgh police Officer Christopher Kertis fell to the ground before he opened fire.

“He's got a gun,” an officer yelled as Dante Bonner, 19, got off at least two shots — striking Kertis twice in the left leg.

Kertis, a two-year veteran, picked himself up and returned fire, wounding Bonner, according to a video taken at 3:43 a.m. March 17 from the officer's patrol car.

The district attorney's office on Thursday played the video during Bonner's bail hearing before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski. Borkowski revoked Bonner's $250,000 bond on charges of attempted homicide, assaulting a police officer, recklessly endangering another person and illegally possessing a firearm. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 16.

Authorities said Kertis and his partner, Officer Charles Thomas, followed Bonner as he sped down Fifth Avenue and pulled into an empty parking lot of the Port Authority bus garage off Fifth Avenue in East Liberty.

The video shows Bonner running from the car seconds after he put it in park. Kertis runs after him before the shootout ensues. The incident unfolded in less than two minutes.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Kertis is out of the hospital and working toward recovery. Bonner is being held at the Allegheny County Jail.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for DA Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said his office's review of the incident is pending.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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