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Pa. Officer Wounded In Gun Battle

March 19, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WTAE.
Screenshot via WTAE.

A Pittsburgh police officer returned fire after a suspect shot him during a foot pursuit when the officer was in the prone position.

Officer Christopher Kertis was shot several times in the left leg by Dante Bonner, 18, early Sunday at a bus station parking lot in East Liberty. Bonner remains in critical condition after he was hit multiple times.

The gun fight occurred during a foot pursuit. Officer Kertis has tripped and Bonner fired at the officer at point-blank range. Officer Charles Thomas also returned Bonner's gunfire, reports WTAE.

Bonner, who had been charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest a month ago, fired at the officer with a 9mm handgun reported stolen from a vehicle, reports the Post-Gazette. Bonner is also a suspect in the murder of a community organizer.

Bonner's sister, Dena Hamilton, told WTAE she doesn't believe the police account of what happened.

Comments (4)

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Dan B @ 3/19/2013 7:17 AM

Of course she doesn't believe it. Her brother is a fine upstanding citizen that thought he was being chased by muggers and was just defending himself!

jerrell @ 3/20/2013 9:52 AM

free u bro

Dan B @ 3/21/2013 11:08 AM

To jerrell: WTH?!? You need to stay off this blog unless you have something constructive to say!

Trainer R.T. @ 3/24/2013 2:19 PM

We hear it every day, my son, brother, uncle is a great guy, then we finish the statement, "For a felon". That guy is job security. I hope the officer is doing well, and recovering from the gun shot wounds.

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