WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The district attorney says dash cam video helps explain how and why a Pittsburgh police officer shot a suspect six times during a fatal encounter last week.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. isn’t releasing that information, but is reviewing it along with federal prosecutors to determine whether Officer William Kertis was justified in shooting the suspect, 29-year-old Adrian Williams, on April 21.
Police have said officers tried to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation before it sped off into neighboring Wilkinsburg. Police have claimed, and Zappala confirmed Wednesday, that Williams had a gun when Kertis shot him, but dropped it during a struggle.
Zappala says three shots struck Williams from behind, but says, “There is video that explains how these types of shots would appear on his body. He’s not running away.”