Police: Officer fires on vehicle that nearly runs him over

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A North Huntingdon police officer shot a man in the arm after the officer was nearly run over by the vehicle the man was riding in Monday night, officials said.

Westmoreland County district attorney John W. Peck said the 20-year-old passenger in a vehicle in Hilltop Park was not seriously injured. He was treated and released from a Pittsburgh hospital.

The officer is on paid administrative leave, Mr. Peck said. He would not release the officer's name or years of service but said he was not hurt.

Township police said the vehicle's driver, 21, tried to run over the uniformed officer, who was on a routine patrol when he saw a vehicle parked in a turnaround area off Hilltop Park Road in Huntingdon Heights around 8 p.m.

"He was just attempting to determine the reason for their presence in the park," Mr. Peck said.

The officer fired his gun into the windshield of the oncoming car likely twice, and continued to fire at the driver's side window as many as five times, Mr. Peck said. The vehicle sped away.

At the hospital, the injured man said he had been the passenger in the vehicle, Mr. Peck said. The driver was at home when detectives went to interview him. Both men, whose names Mr. Peck also did not release, are from North Huntingdon.

Preliminary reports indicate there were no weapons inside the vehicle.



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