Pa. police shooting of Mass. suspect justified

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh-area’s top prosecutor says state police were justified in fatally shooting a Massachusetts man who abducted his girlfriend’s 8-month-old girl and held a knife to her throat after leading police on a car chase in western Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says police “did a heck of a job” in chasing and cornering the suspect, 21-year-old Jared Brown-Garnham, of Taunton, Mass.

State police issued an Amber alert for the child about 1:20 a.m. Dec. 7, after the suspect took his ex-girlfriend’s car from a convenience store lot in Brentwood. Police later spotted the suspect’s car, leading to a chase that ended with the man ramming security gates at Pittsburgh International Airport.

That’s where police shot the suspect after he refused to surrender as he held the baby at knifepoint in the car.

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