Man arrested for shooting at EMTs responding to overdose, threatening to shoot up West Mifflin store

CLAIRTON, Pa. — A large number of police units and a SWAT team descended on a house on Wylie Avenue in Clairton Monday evening in connection with a man arrested in a neighboring community.

Investigators said around 2:45 p.m. Monday, Allegheny County 911 was notified of a man, Michael Spence, 28, having a medical issue inside a home. He was overdosing. Officials said after being treated, Spence became combative, drew a firearm and shot at EMT’s. He then ran out of the home.

Police told Channel 11 Spence made his way to the Burlington store (formerly Burlington Coat Factory) in West Mifflin where he threatened to shoot up the store. Officers were called to the store, fought with him and eventually were able to take him into custody.

Spence was taken to the Allegheny County Jail and is facing several charges including five counts of aggravated assault.