PITTSBURGH - A 26-year-old Wilkinsburg man is facing several charges after police said he hit several pedestrians in South Side over the weekend and then tried fleeing from police.
Pittsburgh police released more information about the incident Monday morning.
Investigators said the incident began on East Carson Street when Timothy D.L. Fullum hit a pedestrian. Witnesses told police they followed Fullum as he continued to drive onto 16th Street.
It just so happens, police said, that other officers were on 16th Street for another call. When Fullum noticed the police, investigators said he tried backing up and hit two more pedestrians in the process.
Officers said Fullum continued to drive onto Roland Street where he encountered another police officer.
At this point, police said Fullum continued driving his car toward the officer who “made every attempt to evade the threat of the oncoming vehicle while fearing for his life, fired his weapon at the vehicle.”
According to the police report, “The driver drove around the officer and proceeded to the end of the street where the vehicle/driver encountered traffic.”
Officers were then able to approach the car and take Fullum and his passengers into custody.
“Eventually the actor had to be (shot with a Taser) and pulled out of the vehicle,” Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald said.
Police said a front passenger was injured by the officer’s gunshot and was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“There were three cops running in the middle of the street with their guns out and I thought, ‘Oh my God, what is happening?’” witness Gloria Szala said.
Fullum is facing charges of aggravated assault against a police officer, DUI, criminal attempted homicide against a police officer, three counts of accident involving death or personal injury, four counts of endangering another person and many other charges.
Channel 11’s Alan Jennings reported Monday that Fullum was convicted as a juvenile about 10 years ago in the fatal stabbing a classmate at Westinghouse High School.
The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol, while police continue to investigate.