Sheriff's sergeant holds suspects at bay in downtown Pittsburgh shooting

Published On: Apr 08 2013 08:25:08 AM HST

An Allegheny County sheriff's sergeant who just happened to be in downtown Pittsburgh took three men into custody when a shooting broke out during the Friday afternoon rush hour.

Pittsburgh police said Sgt. Kevin Faulds was on patrol when shots were fired in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue, near Wood Street, at 3:54 p.m.

Faulds got out of his police vehicle and took three men into custody, holding them at bay until additional officers arrived, police said.

"He did a tremendous job of rolling right into the middle of it. There were three people, an active shooting situation. He certainly should be commended for his efforts," said acting Major Crimes Cmdr. Kevin Kraus.

Two of the men taken into custody -- Hassan Howze, 22, and Antonio Peterson, 24 -- were arrested and charged. Police said the duo was at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street when they noticed a man they knew.

Police said Howze and Peterson followed the 22-year-old Bellevue man down Fifth Avenue, where a fight started outside Capital Grille.

During the fight, Howze shot the man in the shoulder before the man wrestled the gun away and shot Howze in the upper leg, police said.

Dozens of people were outside during the busy, late Friday afternoon hour.

"Everybody started running, people just started to scatter," said witness Jim Zimbicki.

"This was rush hour going on and people were scared, people were backing up and everything," said witness Paul Rodriguez.

The Bellevue man, who has not been identified, was taken to UPMC Mercy to be treated for the shoulder wound, police said. He was questioned at police headquarters and released to his family, police said.

Howze was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in serious condition with a groin wound, police said. Peterson was also taken to Allegheny General Hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered during the fight. Howze and Peterson, both from Overbrook, have been charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy. Peterson faces an additional charge of carrying a concealed firearm without a license.

Two firearms were recovered at the scene by Faulds, police said. No bystanders were hit, despite it being a high-traffic area with multiple Port Authority bus stops nearby.


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