Shots fired at Pittsburgh officer overnight in Homewood

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Pittsburgh police are investigating an incident this morning in which four to six shots were fired at an officer in Homewood.

The male officer, whose name has not been released, had responded to a call concerning the death of an elderly female in the 7200 block of Race Street, police said.

"He was waiting on a front porch and a white car approached the house, stopped and fired several shots at his direction," Zone 5 Cmdr. Timothy O'Connor said this afternoon.

The driver of the white Chevrolet Impala was possibly the shooter, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

"The officer was able to push the person he was speaking with out of the doorway and out of the direction of the shots being fired," she said.

The officer was not hit. One resident sustained an injury to the knee and elbow from a fall to the ground, Ms. Richard said. It was not clear if any of the shots struck the home or porch.

Cmdr. O'Connor said police are working on the assumption that the officer, who was in full uniform, was the target.

"A preliminary finding is it seems that way," the commander said. "We'll take a full approach to this. We'll do a thorough investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call Zone 5 at 412-665-3605. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Jonathan D. Silver: jsilver@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1962 or on Twitter @jsilverpg. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1878 or on Twitter @LexiBelc.


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