An Allegheny County man was arrested on Friday after police said he shot an officer following a high-speed chase.
Bruce Alvarado, 38, of Clairton, is facing charges of attempted homicide, assault of a police officer, aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, among others.
Police said that the incident began when police started pursuing a stolen Jeep Latitude driven by Alvarado near Turtle Creek, WTAE reported.
The chase continued along Routes 22, 66 and 356, with speeds reaching up to 90 miles per hour. Police said the Jeep hit another car before officers were able to catch up to it.
When police forced the driver’s door of the Jeep open, Alvarado fired his gun into a Monroeville police car. As a result, one officer was hit in the arm and leg. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition, WPXI said.
A passenger who was in Alvarado’s car told police that he had no intention of stopping and that he would “blow a cop’s head off,” WTAE said.
Alvarado is not allowed to possess firearms due to a previous conviction, news reports said. He is currently in Westmoreland County Prison and has been denied bail.
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