Aliquippa man held for trial in shooting of Monaca officer
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An Aliquippa man accused of wounding a Monaca police officer in a shoot-out there Wednesday was held for trial today.
Damontae Williams, 19, faces charges including attempted homicide, assault of a law enforcement officer, robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.
Pennsylvania State Police in Butler said that the shooting occurred when part-time Monaca police Officer Alan Shaffer noticed a car matching a witness' description from a robbery that had just occurred at a Cricket cell phone store in Center.
State police said the driver, whom they later identified as Mr. Williams, jumped out of the car, dropped a bag of loot and ran into an alley behind a gas station at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street in Monaca.
When Officer Shaffer followed into the alley, Mr. Williams pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and opened fire, hitting Officer Shaffer in a leg before being tackled by another officer, state police said.
Mr. Williams is being held in Beaver County Jail after failing to post $750,000 bail.
First Published July 31, 2012 1:16 pm