Pittsburgh Officer Shot In Shootout During Traffic Stop, Suspect Killed

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A routine traffic stop on Thursday night in Pittsburgh resulted in a shootout injuring a police officer and killing the suspected shooter.

A routine traffic stop on Thursday night in Pittsburgh resulted in a shootout injuring a police officer and killing the suspected shooter.

Just shortly before 7pm on Thursday night, detectives in an unmarked GMC Yukon with lights activated pulled over a 2002 Lexus. Upon approaching the vehicle officers smelled marijuana.

When the officers got to the vehicle they ordered the driver and passenger, Elijah Brewer, to exit the vehicle. Both complied and got out.

Shortly after exiting the vehicle gunfire began. A police officer was shot along with Brewer. They were both taken to a nearby hospital where the officer is reportedly in stable condition and Brewer died sometime after arriving at the hospital. The driver attempted to take off on foot but was caught shortly thereafter.

Police officers on the scene found a 9 mm handgun in Brewer’s right hand and police estimate that a minimum of two shots were fired at officers. All four of the police in the Yukon fired at the suspects and at this time it’s unknown how many shots were fired by police.

Brewer was on parole for a 2014 arrest for aggravated assault and gun charges.

None of the officers were wearing bodycams and investigators are currently trying to find surveillance video that captured the incident. Anyone who has information regarding the incident should contact the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-255-8477

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