Two Avalon police officers were injured early Tuesday morning after a chase and crash on Ohio River Boulevard.
Police said the officers were called to a BP gas station in Avalon about 3:30 a.m. to follow up on reports of a suspicious person sitting in a car. Kenneth Godby said he called police after he noticed a man sitting by a pump for over an hour.
"The cops arrived and I went back to doing my work. I wasn’t paying any attention and then a minute or two later I heard two gunshots and I ran and hid in the cooler," Godby said.
Channel 11's Dave Bondy reported that the shots were fired by police. Allegheny County police said the officers felt as if they were in danger.
"When they approached him on foot, he fled, causing the officers to be in fear for their well-being and their lives. They fired the two rounds not striking the driver," Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
According to investigators, the driver, Jonathan Schaeffer, was not hit and took off onto Ohio River Boulevard. A police chase followed and ended in a crash in Ben Avon.
Authorities said the officers crashed their police car near the intersection of Route 65 and Brighton Road. The officers were taken to an area hospital. Their names and conditions have not been released.
Schaeffer, 23, continued after the officers crashed and eventually crashed on the ramp to Interstate 79.
Schaeffer was then arrested by another officer. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked for injuries and then taken to the Avalon Police Department. Investigators said a gun was found in his car.
Schaeffer has been charged with firearms violations, fleeing police, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and careless driving. He remains at the Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment.
Ohio River Boulevard was closed while police cleared the scene.
The injured officers were released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.