Justin McIntire: Pennsylvania police chief dies after being shot in head by 28-yr-old thug during chase
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BRACKENRIDGE, PENNSLYVANIA: A Pennsylvania police chief was fatally shot and another injured after a shooting in Brackenridge. Authorities responded to the incident around 4.pm Monday, January 2, near 6th Avenue and Morgan Street in Allegheny County. In the tragic shooting, suspect Aaron Lamont Swan, 28, of Duquesne shot Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire and another unidentified officer was injured.
28-year-old Aaron Lamont Swan was wanted for a weapons-related probation violation when he was targeted by police during a traffic stop and allegedly fled the scene. In a foot chase, officers pursued Aaron Lamont Swan through several neighborhoods for several hours before two shootings occurred. One shooting occurred in the 800 block of Third Street and another on Brackenridge Avenue. Officers were shot in both incidents, and Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire was shot in the head and died at the scene, reports FOX News. Another surviving officer was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital; his condition is currently stable.
Following the altercation, Aaron Lamont Swan allegedly carjacked a vehicle and fled Brackenridge. Police put out a "be on the lookout" alert for the suspect's carjacked vehicle, a 2014 silver Subaru Legacy with Pennsylvania license plate GMA8620, according to CBS. Authorities informed the people who were carjacked by the 28-year-old were not injured in the incident. Several sources confirmed shooter Aaron Lamont Swan was killed in a shootout with police during a chase in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood. Details about the shooting that killed him have not been disclosed.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Justin McIntire's death a "devastating reminder of the bravery of those who put their lives on the line every day to protect us."
"Police Chief Justin McIntire ran towards danger to keep Pennsylvanians safe — and he made the ultimate sacrifice in service to community," he tweeted. Justin McIntire was sworn chief in 2018 after working his way up through the ranks from patrol officer and sergeant. Approximately four years later, Justin McIntire was killed on duty in downtown Brackenridge.