A North Huntingdon man has been charged with assault after Westmoreland County detectives said he tried to run over a township police officer who, "fearing for his life," opened fire striking the man's friend last month.
James E. Lint, 21, was arraigned today on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and marijuana possession after the Sept. 23 shooting at Hilltop Park.
His attorney, Kenneth B. Burkley, didn't immediately return a message.
Township police Officer William Bouldin said he was on routine patrol when he saw the men reaching under the seats of a Dodge sedan about 8 p.m., investigators from the Westmoreland County Detectives Bureau wrote in a criminal complaint.
The passenger, Ryan T. DePaulo, 20, who has not been charged, told detectives he and Mr. Lint were smoking marijuana before Officer Bouldin arrived that night.
The pair didn't comply when he told them to "stop" and "show their hands," detectives wrote, and instead Mr. Lint drove toward the officer.
"James Lint started the car, backed up and then 'floored it,' driving towards the officer and the officer started firing," detectives wrote in the complaint. "One of the shots hit DePaulo in the right bicep."
He was treated at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.
Officer Bouldin has been cleared to return to work, township police Chief Andrew Lisiecki said.
Mr. Lint has previous convictions for careless driving and speeding, both summary offenses, court records show.
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