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Cops: Pittsburgh officer shoots gunman in Crafton Heights

Jacob Tierney
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Issa Abdus-Salaam

A Crafton Heights man fired at least 10 shots at two Pittsburgh police officers before one of the cops returned fire, critically wounding him after a domestic dispute Wednesday night at the man’s home, police said.

Issa Abdus-Salaam, 31, of Crucible Street, is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital, according to police.

Police said a 911 dispatcher heard him say he wasn’t leaving his home unless it was in a body bag, according to a criminal complaint filed against him.

A woman and two children were in the house and not hurt, Allegheny County police said in a news release.

Because it’s an officer-involved shooting, Allegheny County police are handling the investigation. The officer who shot Abdus-Salaam wasn’t named in the complaint.

There was a fight between Abdus-Salaam and a woman. He slapped the woman in the face, threw her against a television and blocked the woman and children from leaving before firing two shots from a .40 caliber Glock handgun, according to the complaint.

The woman then heard the gun shots between Abdus-Salaam and police and found him on the kitchen floor. She kicked the gun away and applied pressure to his wounds, according to the complaint.

The officers were not hurt.

The officer who shot Abdus-Salaam has been placed on administrative leave as county police investigate, public safety spokesman Chris Togneri said.

Abdus-Salaam is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, four counts of aggravated assault, five counts of reckless endangering, three counts of unlawful restraint, two counts of criminal attempt and one count of simple assault.

Staff writer Tom Davidson contributed to this report. Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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