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Gunshot leads to pursuit; pistol, ammunition confiscated
A city man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $25,000 following a foot chase through Downtown streets on Tuesday evening.
Vincent W. Pinkney, 46, is charged by McKeesport police with unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and resisting arrest. He faces a preliminary hearing April 18 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.
McKeesport police said two officers were eating dinner at a restaurant on Lysle Boulevard when they observed several people behaving suspiciously in the parking lot of a business across the street.
As the officers exited the restaurant to investigate, they heard a gunshot in the vicinity of May Street, at which point the individuals ran, according to a police report.
Police said two witnesses told the city officers that one of the individuals had fled toward the 600 block of Fifth Avenue, and was carrying a large semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine.
Police located the man with the weapon — whom they later identified as Pinkney — near the steps to Huey Street and chased him to Ringgold Street, according to a report. He was taken into custody on Sixth Avenue, police said.
Police said they recovered a 9-mm pistol, a 28-round magazine containing six rounds of ammunition, and 50 other rounds of ammunition of varying caliber. The weapon was jammed when police confiscated it, as if it had misfired, according to a report.
The handgun was registered to a Pittsburgh man but had not been reported stolen and he denied ever owning the weapon, police said.
No one was injured, according to a report.
Originally published April 07, 2022.