July 11 – A Pittsburgh police officer is on administrative vacation following an incident Saturday in which the cop’s gun was fired during a chase on the city’s South Side.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. when an officer was conducting a traffic control on the corner of Uxor Way and Sarah Street, according to public safety officials.
Two men left the vehicle despite being told to stay inside, and then raided Uxor Way. The officer followed her briefly.
“During the foot chase, an officer fired his service weapon once,” said Cara Cruz, public security spokeswoman.
It is the department’s policy to take the officer on administrative leave.
The driver of the vehicle was caught and arrested. He was charged with escape and various traffic violations. More charges could be brought, Cruz said.
Cruz said a gun and unknown narcotics were found in the vehicle.
The police are still looking for the passenger.
The vehicle was towed to be processed by the Auto Squad.
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