04/29/2009

Semiautomatic rifles ordered for Pa. patrol officers

By Rich Lord
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH — Outgunned in Stanton Heights, where three officers were killed earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Police Bureau will begin equipping patrol officers with tactical rifles in June.

With the purchase of 46 Smith Wesson MP15 rifles, the bureau hopes to give the officers who arrive first on the scene of an incident a weapon with enough range and accuracy to deal with the kind of firepower seen April 4, when a shooter was armed with an AK-47 assault-style weapon.

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