Man who tried to flee after drug bust in Elliott taken into custody

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A man was taken into custody tonight, after state police said they fired gunshots at him as he tried to flee from a "buy bust" in Elliott.

The state police vice unit and other agencies, including the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted the "buy bust" around 7 p.m. on Linhart Street as part of a drug investigation, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robin Mungo said.

The man suspected they were law enforcement officials and attempted to flee, the trooper said. In an attempt to exit from the dead end road by driving forward and in reverse, the man's Lincoln rammed into residential and unmarked police vehicles, she said.

After the man attempted to hit a trooper with his vehicle, Trooper Mungo said another trooper is believed to have fired several shots.

No one was injured, she said.

The suspect was apprehended in a creek near Route 51 with help from Allegheny County police and the county sheriff's department, as well as city police. He was being questioned by state police Wednesday night.

The suspect's identity was not immediately available, and Trooper Mungo said it is likely he will at least face a count of attempted homicide, although he had not yet been charged. She said it was immediately unclear what, if any, drugs were found on him or in the Lincoln.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


First Published November 20, 2013 11:28 PM

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