Constable chases down armed man after alleged bad drug deal

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A constable sitting in traffic in East Liberty this afternoon chased down an armed man running after another man who sold him fake drugs across the street from a Pittsburgh school.

Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler described the incident as a $300 drug deal that went wrong, with a law enforcement officer "in the right place at the right time."

The armed man, whose name and address she did not know, came into the city for a drug deal, set to take place across the street from Pittsburgh Obama 6-12 shortly before 1 p.m.

For some reason, Ms. Toler said, the dealer sold the man fake drugs. Realizing they were bogus, the man became angry and started to chase the dealer, pulling his gun out in the pursuit, she said.

The constable, who was sitting in traffic, spotted the man with the gun running and subdued him, Ms. Toler said.

The armed man has a permit to carry a gun and was not charged after he was stopped by the constable close to the Home Depot on North Highland Avenue, Ms. Toler said. She did not know the type of drugs he was trying to buy or the name of the constable who chased him down.

The drug dealer got away, she said.


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