Man shot in Homewood early today is arrested later

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A man shot this morning in Homewood was arrested later in the day for drug possession and other charges.

Officers in the city's Zone 5 station went to Fifth Avenue and Kelly Street shortly after 5 a.m. for a call that a man had been shot outside a methadone clinic. They found Brian Durant, 44, alert and conscious with a grazing gunshot wound to the chest, Lt. Kevin Kraus said in a news release.

Police described his condition as stable and said his injuries were not life-threatening. He was treated at UPMC Presbyterian and released.

Investigators learned that Mr. Durant was standing on the sidewalk talking to a friend when a dark-colored sedan pulled up, the lieutenant said. The driver got out and fired at least two shots at Mr. Durant, then got back in the car and sped away.

Police found "numerous" bags of crack cocaine in the area where they discovered Mr. Durant, Lt. Kraus said.

At the hospital, medical personnel found 36 stamp bags of heroin hidden in Mr. Durant's rectum, the lieutenant said. Officers arrested him back at the clinic -- where he returned but was denied entry -- and took him to the Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment.

He is charged with drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, tampering with evidence and defiant trespassing.

Investigators have not identified the shooter or a motive. Police ask anyone with information to call the Zone 5 police at 412-665-3605.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. First Published January 17, 2014 7:17 AM


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