When additional officers responded, the suspect, D.L. Fullum, 26, from Wilkinsburg, was detained in handcuffs with a large laceration on the top of his head. Paramedics were called to the scene.
According to police, the incident began when the suspect’s vehicle, a 2001 Black Grand AM, hit a pedestrian in the 1500 block of E. Carson. Several witnesses followed the car which made a right turn on 16th Street.
Responding police were alerted and there were also officers already at 16th Street. Mr. Fullum saw the officers and backed up, striking two pedestrians. He then made a left turn onto Roland Street where he encountered another police officer.
According to the news release from the police, Mr. Fullum drove toward the officer who made every attempt to evade the threat of the oncoming vehicle while fearing for his life, fired his weapon at the vehicle.
Mr. Fullum drove around the officer and proceeded to the end of the street where he encountered traffic. Responding officers approached the vehicle and took the driver and three passengers in the vehicle into custody.
At this time the officers became aware the front passenger was injured and requested paramedics. the passenger was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver and the other two passengers were taken into custody and transported to Police Headquarters to be interview.
Mr. Fullum, from Wilkinsburg, was subsequently charged with: aggravated assault against a police officer; DUI-general impairment, criminal attempted homicide against a police officer, three counts of accident involving death or personal injury, four counts of recklessly endangering another person, three counts of aggravated assault, DUI, violation of the uniform firearms act and possession of a controlled substance – marijuana. The other two passengers were interviewed and released.
The pedestrian who was hit by the vehicle was treated and released from a local hospital.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, per bureau protocol, pending further investigation and oversight by the District Attorney’s Office.