Pittsburgh police release new details in Homewood shooting that injured officers, suspect

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Pittsburgh police released new details this afternoon about the officer and suspect critically wounded Thursday in a Homewood shootout.

Zone 5 Officer Morgan Jenkins remains in the intensive care unit in UPMC Presbyterian, where he was treated after a bullet tore through his bicep and his lung before lodging near his spine.

Doctors are closely monitoring some swelling in the surrounding area.

The suspect, James R. Hill, 24, who grew up in Homewood and had escaped from a Braddock halfway house, was shot as many as five times -- in the chest, hip, leg, wrist and possibly one of the fingers on his right hand.

Police are still investigating how Hill, a convicted felon, obtained the gun and car he had at the time -- neither of which had been reported stolen.

Investigators said Officer Jenkins and Officer Michelle Auge were patrolling about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday when they spotted a blue Chevrolet Malibu race through a stop sign.

Hill fought Officers Jenkins and Auge when they tried to remove him from the car after he crashed it, ending a half-mile chase, police said.

Officer Auge tried to shock Hill with her Taser and because they were close, all three of them felt the voltage but it did not subdue Hill.

Officer Auge broke two fingers and fractured a bone around her eye during the scuffle.

While she called for back-up, Officer Jenkins followed Hill.

When Officer Auge caught up with them, she saw flashes and heard gunshots from where Hill was standing, according to a complaint. Officer Auge fired at Hill. Police confirmed this afternoon that Officer Jenkins also shot Hill.

Police said Hill, who remains under police guard at the hospital, was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer and other offenses.

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


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