BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. — The Brackenridge police chief was killed and another officer was injured after shots were fired in Brackenridge on Monday.
The injured officer, a Tarentum police patrolman, has been released from the hospital according to the police department.
The incident prompted a heavy police presence as investigators searched for the suspect, 28-year-old Aaron Lamont Swan, Jr.
Swan was shot and killed by police after a chase and an exchange of gunfire in the city of Pittsburgh.
Here is what else we know so far:
Allegheny County police said the first encounter with Swan began Sunday night when Pennsylvania State Police conducted a traffic stop for violation of probation involving weapons. Police said he fled from the officers.
Monday morning, Harrison Township police engaged in a pursuit with Swan, and he fled on foot.
At around 2 p.m. on Monday, officers encountered Swan near the border of Brackenridge and Tarentum in a foot pursuit.
The chase lasted for several hours through different neighborhoods before two separate shootings, one in the 800 block of Third Street and another on Brackenridge Avenue.
Officers were hit in both shootings. The Brackenridge police chief, Justin McIntire, was shot and killed. Investigators believe he was ambushed.
A Tarentum officer was shot in the leg and is listed in stable condition. He was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and is recovering at home with his family.
Allegheny County police said after shooting McIntire and the Tarentum officer, Swan walked into an area home and demanded the resident’s car keys, taking a vehicle and fleeing the area. The resident was not injured.
Swan was later spotted in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but he fled again. He crashed the vehicle on Columbiana Street in the Homewood-Brushton neighborhood and fled on foot into a wooded area, according to police.
While officers formed a perimeter, Swan ran into a housing development. Police said he fired at officers, who returned fire, striking Swan. Swan was declared dead at the scene.
A Pittsburgh officer sustained a minor injury from what is believed to be shrapnel during the incident.
Allegheny County police said a total of five guns believed to have been used by Swan were recovered – four in Brackenridge and one in Homewood-Brushton.
Allegheny County police said they will also investigate the officer-involved shooting and will turn over their findings to the District Attorney’s office when complete.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477); callers can remain anonymous. The department can also be reached via its social media sites.
What we know about Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire
McIntire was sworn in as Brackenridge’s police chief on Jan. 2, 2019.
According to our news partners at the Trib, Councilman Dino Lopreiato said McIntire stepped up and helped out when the previous chief retired after 20 years.
Family friend Antonio Lopreiato told Channel 11 McIntire was a really good police chief.
“He was just a good guy,” Lopreiato said.
Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro issued the following statement after McIntire’s death:
McIntire grew up in Brackenridge and was a Highlands High School graduate. There was a large police presence in the community following his death, and a procession of officers, who escorted the fallen officer to the medical examiner’s office.
Wednesday, McIntire’s funeral arrangements were announced. Click here to learn more.
What we know about the injured Tarentum officer
Channel 11 News is learning more about the Tarentum police officer shot in the line of duty during a deadly manhunt Monday.
That officer is now identified as 24-year-old Jordan Schrecengost. His cousin Jamie told Channel 11 he’s only been on the job for three years.
What we know about the suspect
During a news briefing, Allegheny County police identified the suspect as Aaron Lamont Swan Jr. of Duquesne.
Police said Swan was from Duquesne but was known to frequent the Penn Hills area.
Swan was shot and killed by police after a chase through the city of Pittsburgh.
This is a developing story, and Channel 11 has a crew working to learn more. Stay with Channel 11 News for continuous coverage of the situation as updates continue to come in.
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