Baldwin Borough man gets 7-14 years in prison in incident that led to officer's shooting

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A Baldwin Borough man was sentenced to 7 to 14 years in prison for his actions earlier this year which led to the accidental shooting of one police officer by another.

Bryan Lijewski, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of oxycodone, child endangerment, recklessly endangering and simple assault before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Durkin on Aug. 29.

According to the prosecution, Baldwin police were called to a home on Elmwood Drive on Feb. 10 after they received a call that he was suicidal and walking around inside with a shotgun.

When officers arrived, Lijewski opened the door but refused to show his hands. He tried to close the door, but a Baldwin officer put his foot on it, and Sgt. Ralph Miller pushed his shoulder against it to open it.

The first officer’s gun went off, and struck Sgt. Miller between his protective vest and his belt.

According to the prosecution, the shot shattered the officer’s pelvis and caused paralysis in the lower part of one leg. Sgt. Miller must now use a cane to walk and it is unlikely he will be able to return to work.


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.

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