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Chief: Police were not targeted; says officers showed 'great restraint'
A city woman has been charged following an incident late Tuesday night that involved police from multiple jurisdictions, including Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh special weapons and tactics teams.
McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer said Thursday that despite initial media reports, no police officers were fired upon. No injuries were reported in the incident that stretched into Wednesday morning.
Jasmine A. Mosby, 29, is charged by McKeesport police with recklessly endangering another person and receiving stolen property in connection with the incident. She is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 18 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.
McKeesport police Capt. Christopher Halaszynski said officers were dispatched at 10:17 p.m. to a home in the 1000 block of Locust Street when callers reported hearing multiple gunshots.
They arrived and saw muzzle flashes from the second floor rear window of the home, Halaszynski said, indicating that was where the gunshots were coming from.
Police took cover and did not return fire, Alfer and Halaszynski said.
After a few minutes, the gunfire stopped and a woman later identified as Mosby came out the front door and surrendered to police, Halaszynski said.
She was arrested and taken to the McKeesport police station.
SWAT officers from Allegheny County and Pittsburgh police searched the home and did not find any other occupants.
Halaszynski said "multiple" .22-caliber shell casings were found in an upstairs bathroom of the home as well as on the roof of the back porch below the window.
Mosby told police that she had no intention of hurting police officers or anyone else, but was angry at her boyfriend for going out, Halaszynski said.
Police recovered the handgun and determined that it had been reported stolen from Pittsburgh, Halaszynski said.
No one was injured during the incident, said Alfer, who commended all of the officers responding for showing "great restraint" in not returning fire.
"We're also very thankful to all of the surrounding municipalities who assisted us in the response to this incident," he said.
Originally published November 14, 2019.