Man caught rummaging through cars shoots at Penn Hills cop, remains at large |

Man caught rummaging through cars shoots at Penn Hills cop, remains at large

Mary Ann Thomas
Police close some Penn Hills roads after reported gunfire, June 28, 2018.

A man shot at a Penn Hills police officer who caught him rummaging through someone else’s car on Hebron Drive early Thursday and then managed get away despite a search that involved multiple agencies and two drones.

Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said authorities received a report around 5 a.m. that a man was looking in cars along Hebron Drive.

A responding officer found the man inside a car and flashed a spotlight on him. The man ran into nearby woods but reversed course after another officer spotted him.

The first responding officer and suspect were about 25 feet apart when they confronted each other. When the officer drew his Taser, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot once at the officer.

“Fortunately he missed,” Burton said.

The man ran back into the woods. Burton said numerous agencies responded to help search for him. The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and Allegheny County Emergency Services contributed drones to the effort.

Police called off the search at 7:30 a.m.

Burton described the suspect as a 5-foot, 10-inch thin black male in his late teens or early 20s. He had dreadlocks and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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