A Brackenridge police officer was shot and killed and another officer was wounded Monday, police said. The suspect was shot and killed by police later in the night, police said.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Christopher Kearns said Monday night that police encountered a wanted suspect, identified as 28-year-old Aaron Lamont Swan, and engaged in a foot chase that lasted several hours. There were two shooting incidents several blocks apart.
In one, an officer was shot in the head and killed, Kearns said. The deceased officer has not been publicly identified, but sourcesas Brackenridge police chief Justin McIntire, who had been chief since 2018.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro tweeted, “Police Chief Justin McIntire ran towards danger to keep Pennsylvanians safe — and he made the ultimate sacrifice in service to community.”
Another officer was then shot in the leg in the second incident. That officer was transported to a hospital and was in stable condition, Kearns said.
The suspect was wounded, but was able to flee after carjacking a vehicle, according to police. After police located the stolen car, the suspect led them on another chase. He crashed and then fled into a wooded area, police said. He then emerged from the woods into an open area in a housing development, where he fired at police officers, Kearns said Monday night. The officers returned fire, killing Swan, according to Kearns.
The people to whom the carjacked vehicle belonged were not harmed, police said.
Swan was originally wanted for an alleged weapons violation of his probation, and police had encountered him Sunday night, but he was able to evade them following a chase.
Brackenridge is located in Alleghany County, a few miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
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