DA conducting ‘thoughtful’ review in police shooting

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Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Thursday that his office is conducting a “thoughtful” review of the death of a Beechview man killed 10 days earlier by Pittsburgh police and gave no insight into whether he thought the shooting was justified.

“This is a thoughtful process,” Mr. Zappala said Thursday during an appearance at an event in Wilkinsburg. “Nobody’s in a hurry … to rush to any particular type of judgment.”

Mr. Zappala said Adrian Williams pointed a gun at Officer Christopher Kertis prior to shots being fired and was moving “laterally” when the officer fired at him April 21.

Mr. Zappala declined to say whether he thought Williams threatened the officer with the gun based on reviewing video evidence from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera.

Williams, 29, had led police on a chase from Larimer to Wilkinsburg, where he crashed a car and pulled out a gun as he ran during a foot chase.

Mr. Zappala and several investigators from his office briefly stopped by the scene of the shooting Thursday afternoon.


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