Pittsburgh police to re-evaluate their ammunition after concerns about its effectiveness

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The Pittsburgh police bureau plans to re-evaluate its ammunition after officers raised concerns about its effectiveness, Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said in an email sent to bureau employees Thursday.

Without going into further specifics, he said that officers had raised "a number of concerns" about the ammunition, some of them stemming from early information gathered in the investigation of "officer involved handgun combat."

In the email, Chief Donaldson said the ammunition currently used by the bureau was reviewed by an FBI ballistics expert in Quantico, Va., who determined that it met FBI standards.

Chief Donaldson said the bureau plans to evaluate the ammunition it currently has, compare it with ammunition supplied by other manufacturers, track the "shot placement" in officer-involved shootings and "evaluate the realities of handgun combat for training purposes."

He asked officers to remember that "the lethality of any firearm is not solely determined by the caliber of the weapon. Determined individuals can sustain many gunshot wounds in areas that produce great pain and continue to fight a long time, even without the aid of drugs or alcohol."

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @liznavratil.


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