Police release new information about officer-involved shooting in Wilkinsburg

Police release new information about officer-involved shooting in Wilkinsburg

WILKINSBURG, Pa. — Allegheny County Police have released updated information about an officer-involved shooting in Wilkinsburg that their agency is investigating.

On Dec. 22, someone called 911 around 1 a.m. to report that a black man, wearing a black jacket and grey sweatpants, had ‘pulled a gun’ on them near the intersection of Penn Avenue and Wood Street. The caller described that the gunman had dreadlocks and was carrying a silver handgun, police said.

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Two Wilkinsburg officers talked to people in the area, then saw a man matching the description of the alleged gunman.

The 911 caller stayed on the line with the dispatcher and confirmed the man who the officers had spotted was the same person who had allegedly threatened them, according to a news release sent Tuesday.

A foot chase started and the suspect fired once at the officer. The officer shot back and struck the suspect, Romir Talley, seven times.

The 24-year-old from Wilkinsburg died in the shooting. Officers found a silver handgun on him that had one spent cartridge inside.

Police said they ordered Talley to “take his hands out of his pockets," but he ignored them.

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