Cops examining gun in W. Pa. sergeant’s shooting

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BALDWIN – Allegheny County police are examining a Pittsburgh-area officer’s rifle for mechanical problems after he fired two shots during a domestic dispute and wounded a fellow officer.


Fifty-four-year-old Baldwin police Sgt. Ralph Miller was wounded in the back when he responded with three others at a home about 3:45 a.m. Sunday.


The officers responded to a call of a suicidal man with a shotgun, though the man’s wife had called back to say her husband had unloaded the weapon and police were no longer needed.


Police arrived anyway and an unidentified officer fired his rifle twice – though police aren’t sure how or why – when the man who answered the door refused to show police both of his hands. Police later determined the man wasn’t armed.


Miller remained hospitalized Monday. The officer who shot him is on leave as is a third who fired a shot that didn’t hit anything.


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