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Death Threats Issued Against Wounded Pa. Officer

CLAIRTON, Pa. --

Channel 11 News confirmed that several death threats have been made against a Clairton police officer who was shot three times while responding to a home invasion call earlier this month.

Officer James Kuzak was wounded on April 4 when someone opened fire on as he and his partner arrived at the scene.

The threats were made by phone to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where Kuzak is staying, and the caller has not been identified, police said.

A blood drive was held Thursday night in Monroeville for Kuzak. Those who were donating were told about the death threats and were shocked.

"It's surprising to me. Why would anyone threaten someone who's already injured and severely injured? It just doesn't make any sense to me," said Monroeville Police Chief Doug Cole.

Officers already working at the hospital will step up their security efforts to protect Kuzak, police said.

Police arrested a total of three suspects in the case, but charges have since been dropped against two. Marcus Andrejco-Jones, 18, of Rankin, was ordered to stand trial in the case.

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