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City cop shoots at suspect



Published: Wed, August 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A handgun and marijuana were found along the path the suspect ran.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Patrolman Dan Mikus fired at a fleeing suspect who pulled a gun and aimed it at the officer, police said.

No injuries were reported, and the suspect remained at large Tuesday evening. Police did not release a description of the suspect.

The chase began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man in the 150 block of West Boston Avenue on the South Side reported being shot at and gave a description to police, said Lt. Robin Lees.

Mikus, who was in a cruiser on Market Street, spotted the suspect and called in his location before trying to detain the man. The man pulled a pistol from his pants and ran toward Princeton Avenue with Mikus, still in the cruiser, in pursuit, Lees said.

Lees said the suspect started up an alley that goes from Princeton to Laclede Avenue, and Mikus left the cruiser and continued on foot.

Pointed gun at officer

At one point, the man pointed his gun at Mikus, and the officer fired several rounds at the suspect.

Lees said he didn't know if the suspect fired at Mikus.

The suspect then ran into a wooded area between Princeton and Laclede. Officers from all over the city converged on the area, but the suspect eluded them, Lees said.

He said several bags of marijuana and a pistol were found along a path the suspect fled.

Police, after speaking to witnesses, obtained a variety of descriptions of the suspect and a possible name. Mikus can identify the man, Lees said.

Lees said the motive for the shooting on West Boston wasn't immediately clear.




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