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City Man Charged With Homicide Following Police Chase

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
June 22, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is charged with criminal homicide after police said he shot and killed someone who was dating his ex-girlfriend.

Marcus Acie-Griffin, 36, was arrested Saturday morning following a police chase through McKeesport and Dravosburg that ended with a crash in the Morton Plan section of West Mifflin.

The victim, Kaine A. Williams, 34, was pronounced dead late Friday night at the scene of the incident in the 1800 block of Sumac Street, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Court records indicate Acie-Griffin is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment and a preliminary hearing July 5 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County police Lt. Ken Ruckel said in a prepared statement that Williams was standing outside of his home just after 11 p.m. Friday when a white Acura sedan pulled up and a man got out with a shotgun.

The man, whom police have identified as Acie-Griffin, shot Williams several times and then fled in the vehicle, Ruckel said.

McKeesport police and McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service responded. Paramedics pronounced Williams dead at the scene, Ruckel said, and police issued a bulletin for the Acura.

Through interviews and an investigation, county homicide detectives determined that Acie-Griffin was angry at Williams and had been harassing him.

According to court records, at the time of Friday's incident, Acie-Griffin was awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr. on charges of strangulation, simple assault and criminal mischief in connection with a May 24 incident in the city.

McKeesport police spotted Acie-Griffin's Acura just before 1:30 a.m. and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle fled. Police pursued the vehicle and the Acura crashed into police cars three times, Ruckel said.

No injuries were reported to either police officers or civilians during the pursuit, he said.

Spike strips were deployed in West Mifflin to deflate the car's tires, Ruckel said, but Acie-Griffin continued driving until losing control of the vehicle and crashing over a hillside on Madison Avenue in West Mifflin, not far from Bettis Laboratory.

Acie-Griffin was alone in the vehicle and was arrested at the crash scene, Ruckel said.

A shotgun was recovered from Acie-Griffin's car and police believe it is the weapon used to shoot Williams, Ruckel said.

Acie-Griffin is charged by Allegheny County police with criminal homicide, three counts of aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding police, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon, recklessly endangering other people, driving with a suspended license, driving at unsafe speeds and reckless driving.

Originally published June 22, 2019.

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