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Updated: 1:25 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Posted: 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012
MONACA, Pa. —
A Monaca police officer who was shot in the leg Wednesday at a Beaver County convenience store by an armed robbery suspect has been released from the hospital.
Authorities said Alan Shaffer was shot in the leg about 5 p.m. Wednesday while exchanging gunfire with an armed robbery suspect after a violent chase.
Officials said Damontae Williams, 19, robbed a Cricket store in Center Township and left in a getaway car driven by another man.
As police were chasing the car, Williams got out of the car and ran to a nearby CoGo’s in Monaca.
Shaffer chased Williams and was shot in the leg. Investigators said after firing multiple shots, Williams’ gun jammed and he surrendered.
“I would make no doubt about it. His intent was to kill the officer and get away,” Monaca Police Lt. Eric Hermick said.
Shaffer was rushed to Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital. He was treated, and by Thursday morning was released.
Williams was arrested and is charged with attempted homicide, robbery and theft.
State police found the driver and did not identify the 63-year-old man because they are treating him as a witness and not a suspect in the incident, Lt. Eric Hermick said.
"He is cooperating with the investigation," Hermick said.
Officials said Shaffer is doing well, recovering at home.
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