Pittsburgh shooting of suspect puts security guard in jail

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A Verona security guard surrendered Tuesday on charges he shot a man accused of stealing from a delivery truck parked in Homewood earlier this month.

John Carter, 53, faces charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the Oct. 2 shooting of 32-year-old Edward Brown Jr. Mr. Carter surrendered shortly after 1 p.m. and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in leiu of $5,000 straight bond.

Pittsburgh police said Mr. Brown hired a jitney driver to take him to Baker's Dairy on Hamilton Avenue, where he knew a truck for the Triangle Tobacco & Candy Co. regularly makes deliveries. They said Mr. Brown walked to the back of a truck, tugged on a bungee cord attached to a container holding money, grabbed more than $1,100 and ran.

Mr. Carter initially told police he ran after Mr. Brown, heard someone scream that there was another person and then saw Mr. Brown stop and reach toward his waistband, according to an affidavit of probable cause. That, he initially told police, was when he fired a single shot, causing Mr. Brown to drop the money and run.

But video taken from a Port Authority bus did not show Mr. Brown "stopping and turning around as Mr. Carter reported," police wrote in court documents.

Police wrote that when they confronted Mr. Carter about the discrepancy, he told them he had since remembered details he didn't share during his first interview with detectives. They said Mr. Carter told them that when he ran after Mr. Brown someone across the street yelled "There's another person" and "he's strapped," meaning the man was armed.

"Carter explained he felt threatened and he didn't know if the actor was trying to pull a gun, and that he was more concerned about a possible ambush behind him," police wrote in the affidavit.

They quoted Mr. Carter as saying that he aimed at Mr. Brown's leg because he did not want to kill him. Police said the bullet struck Mr. Brown in the buttocks and traveled through his abdomen.

Police obtained a warrant shortly after the robbery charging Mr. Brown with robbery and reckless endangerment.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published October 22, 2013 5:07 PM

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