MAN WHO WAS SHOT BY POLICE IN SOUTHSIDE CHASE ACQUITTED OF CHARGES
October 15, 2014
An Allegheny County jury acquitted a man represented by Attorney Mancuso (Justin Ketchel Law) of more than two-dozen charges that arose from a police chase in the Southside section of the City of Pittsburgh that ended in police gunfire.
The pursuit began when Mancuso’s client allegedly ran a red light in Homestead and failed to stop when police attempted to pull him over. The vehicle continued into Southside around 2:00 a.m. as bars were letting out. At or around 13th Street, multiple officers opened fire into the vehicle striking both the client and his mother, the front seat passenger of the vehicle.
Another bullet grazed a pedestrian. Multiple shots were also fired into an unrelated vehicle. Two weeks after the shooting, then-city police Chief Nate Harper issued an order prohibiting officers from firing into a moving vehicle “unless there are shots being fired from that vehicle.” At trial, officers testified that they were in fear of the approaching vehicle.
Ms. Mancuso’s client faced 13 felony counts of aggravated assault and 14 counts of recklessly endangering another person but argued that such charges were unsubstantiated by the evidence. The jury of 9 men and 3 women agreed and the man was acquitted of the charges.