Timeline of shooting that killed police chief, injured officer in Brackenridge

BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. — A police chief was killed during a shooting in downtown Brackenridge. Another officer was injured and, just hours later, the suspect was shot and killed in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.

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As this story continues to develop, Channel 11 learned more from authorities about the timeline of events that occurred:

JAN. 1, 2023

  • On the night of Jan.1, state police conduct a traffic stop on Aaron Lamont Swan Jr. on Route 28 near Cheswick. He was wanted on probation violations involving weapons.
  • Swan flees the traffic stop.

JAN. 2, 2023

  • On the morning of Jan. 2, Harris Township police get into a vehicle pursuit with Swan. He flees on foot, according to authorities.
  • At 2 p.m., officers encounter Swan and chase him on foot near the border of Brackenridge and Tarentum.
  • The chase lasts several hours through several neighborhoods.
  • At 4:15 p.m., Brackenridge officers see Swan in the 800 block of 3rd Street and a foot pursuit ensues.
  • Swan attempts to steal a work truck out of a driveway at gunpoint. The owner of the truck tries to get the gun away from Swan and two shots are fired. No one is hit and the owner manages to take the gun. Swan begins to produce a second gun when officers arrive. A Tarentum officer is struck in the leg and law enforcement begin looking for Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire.

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  • After shootings, a foot pursuit ensues.

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  • Police form a perimeter.
  • At 5 p.m., Swan carjacks a 2014 Subaru Legacy on Pacific Avenue at gunpoint. He enters a home through an unlocked door and demands the car.
  • At around 6:19 p.m., Allegheny County officials officially named Swan as the suspect in the shootings.
  • Police chase Swan into Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.

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  • At 6:35 p.m., Swan crashes the Subaru Legacy on Columbiana Street and flees on foot into a wooded area.
  • While police form a perimeter, Swan leaves the wooded area and runs toward a housing development.
  • Swan fires at officers while fleeing, according to Allegheny County police.
  • Swan is shot and killed by police after an exchange of gunfire. Police say two Pittsburgh police officers fired their guns at Swan, hitting him multiple times.

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  • A Pittsburgh police officer receives a minor injury from what is believed to be shrapnel.
  • At 7:33 p.m., Governor-elect Josh Shapiro released a statement, revealing that Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire was the officer killed in the shooting.

JAN 3. 2023

  • At around 4:20 p.m., the Tarentum Borough Chief of Police William Vakulick announced via the Tarentum Borough Police Department Facebook page that their officer who was injured in the shooting has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. He also said the following:
    • My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Chief McIntire’s family on the tragic passing of such a courageous man. The loss of a colleague, fellow police officer, and friend deeply saddens me. His sacrifice will be forever remembered, and I hope that the outpouring of love to his family will help in some small way during this extremely difficult time. Thank you to all the police and emergency personnel who responded to the call yesterday. Your dedication in the line of duty is beyond the call of duty, and we are immeasurably indebted to you

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