Men arrested after shooting in Beltzhoover
September 5, 2017
Just before midnight on Sunday, Sept. 3, a Zone 3 police officer was collecting information for a police report about a hit and run incident when he heard 10-15 gun shots coming from the direction of Climax Street and Haberman Avenue.
The officer saw two vehicles driving on Climax toward Beltzhoover Avenue at a high rate of speed. He pursued and was able to stop one vehicle.
The driver stated he had been shot at while driving but was unharmed, and was fleeing the other vehicle. An alert was issued over the radio to be on the look out for a silver or gray sedan.
Approximately one hour later, at 1 a.m., Zone 3 officers began a vehicle pursuit of a gray Ford Fusion on Bausman Street at Bernd Street in Knoxville. The pursuit ended in the 100 block of Cape May Avenue in Beechview when the passenger bailed from the vehicle and ran.
Officers put out a description of the passenger, later identified as Devonta Coaston, 19, of Duquesne Heights. He was spotted in the back yard of a house in the 100 block of Cape May and taken into custody without incident.
A gun was recovered from the scene. Police found multiple bundles of heroin and an undisclosed amount of cash on Coaston.
Coaston's charges include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana, persons not to possess firearms, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Also arrested was the driver, Keevenn Montazz Jackson, 18, of Brookline. His charges include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, persons not to posses firearms, firearms not to be carried without a license, and driving without a license.