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Police: Shot fired during fight at Hempfield apartment complex; 1 arrested

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
Hempfield Heights apartment complex
Hempfield Heights apartment complex

A Hempfield man allegedly attacked a male maintenance worker at his apartment complex Thursday, according to state police.

One shot was fired from a handgun police said 30-year-old Jamel Christopher Miles pulled from his waistband during the fight at Hempfield Heights Apartments.

Authorities said the maintenance worker noticed Miles inside an apartment around 11 a.m. yelling at a woman and dragging her by her hair. The worker tried to diffuse the situation, but was confronted outside of the building by Miles, who allegedly threatened to kill maintenance and office staff at the complex, according to troopers

Miles allegedly punched the victim in the face, grabbed him by the throat and pinned him against a wall, police said in a criminal complaint.

“(The victim) related that Miles pulled a silver revolver handgun from his waistband and pointed it towards his face …,” Trooper Keith Sobecki wrote in the complaint. “(The victim) grabbed the gun and tried to disarm him.”

That’s when police said the weapon fired. No one was struck by the bullet.

Two female witnesses told troopers that Miles tried to attack them and one woman said he pointed the gun at her.

Miles allegedly fled the area and troopers later found him outside of another building “and was observed taking his clothes off ‘yelling at the members to shoot him,’” Sobecki wrote.

He was Tased and taken into custody. Miles is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment. He is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bond.

A Sept. 21 preliminary hearing is set.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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