Allegheny County detectives injured arresting armed Hays youth in Homestead
A pistol-toting Hays youth is accused of fighting two Allegheny County police detectives before he was subdued in Homestead on Friday night.
Police said Jymein Brian Chandler, 17, who was already convicted as an adult in June, was walking along 16th Avenue in Homestead where the two unidentified detectives were assisting local police with a shooting investigation.
When the two tried to talk with Chandler, the Hays youth allegedly replied that he was a juvenile and “police couldn’t search him.”
The unidentified detectives got out of the car and one of them saw the imprint of a pistol barrel inside Chandlers’ jacket, Superintendent Coleman J. McDonough said.
The detective grabbed for control of what later was described as a Taurus 9 mm pistol, the other detective struggled with Chandler, who by now was throwing punches.
Chandler pulled out the pistol and threw it, but then tried to grab for a detective’s Taser.
After allegedly punching one detective near his right temple, Chandler broke loose and started to run. He and one of the detectives fell, with detective pinned between the sidewalk and a parked car. Police said Chandler continued punching the detective and then started to get up. At that point, the other detective shocked him with his Taser.
He fell but continued to fight, also spitting at the detectives.
Both detectives grabbed and handcuffed him.
McDonough said one detective injured his ankle in the fight while the other injured his back.
In addition to having the handgun, Chandler had some marijuana, police said.
He was charged after being checked out at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Online court records show that on June 25 Chandler was charged as an adult for robbery of a vehicle. He was sentenced to three years of adult probation.
He is now facing two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of assault on law enforcement officers, a juvenile having a pistol and felon not allowed to have gun, attempting to take an officer’s Taser, resisting arrest, and having marijuana.
Chandler remained in the Allegheny County Jail on Saturday after failing to post $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20 in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .