Monroeville police chief gives update on officer shot following chase

The Monroeville police chief has given an update on the officer who was shot after a police chase Friday evening.

The chase began in Pitcairn, continuing onto Routes 22, 66 and 356, Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli said. When it ended in Allegheny Township, the suspect allegedly fired several shots when ordered from his vehicle, hitting the officer in the arm and leg.

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The officer was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital in stable condition.

On Sunday, Chief Kenneth “Doug” Cole said the officer is home, recovering from his gunshot wounds.

“The Department is honored and humbled at all the good will it has received following this incident,” Cole posted on the department’s Facebook page.

Before the chase, Pitcairn police tried to pull over Bruce Alvarado in a stolen vehicle, according to investigators. He allegedly drove up to 90 mph before crashing into a pickup truck.

A woman in the passenger seat told officers Alvarado said he would “blow a cop’s head off,” according to court documents.

Alvarado, 38, of Clairton, was charged with 15 counts — including attempted homicide, assault of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault. He was denied bail and placed in the Westmoreland County Jail.

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