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July 15, 2007
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Pittsburgh officer shoots suspect after getting cruiser rammed

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — A city police officer shot a man in the face after a car chase in which police said the suspect's vehicle rammed a police cruiser.

Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper did not immediately release the name of the victim, who police plan to charge with aggravated assault. Two officers involved in the shooting, whose names also were not released, were placed on leave with pay, routine procedure in an internal investigation into a shooting.

The chase began when police responded to a report of shots fired early Friday and found two vehicles speeding away from the scene. Police chased and stopped both vehicles, but they sped away in different directions as the officers got out of their car.

The officers chased one vehicle, which rammed the police cruiser before stopping, police said. The driver refused to get out and started driving toward one of the officers. The officer fired two shots, hitting the driver once in the face, Harper said.

The driver was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition. The passenger was taken into custody but was not immediately identified, police said.

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