- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man shot dead by police over the weekend had four bullet wounds, and the fatal bullet was consistent with the gun used by a state trooper who killed an unarmed boy several years ago, autopsy results show.

The man, Nicholas Haniotakis, 33, was shot around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he tried to back his sport utility vehicle over the trooper and a city police officer during a drunken-driving patrol, police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner, Dr. Karl E. Williams, released a written statement Wednesday saying the fatal wound to Haniotakis came from a bullet that matches the gun used by the trooper, previously identified as Samuel Nassan III. Nassan was one of two troopers sued in the 2002 shooting death of 12-year-old Michael Ellerbe.

Ellerbe, of Uniontown, was running from police when he was killed on Christmas Eve, and his father sued. The lawsuit was settled last year for $12.5 million, by far the most ever paid by the state police in a wrongful shooting.

Williams’ statement said Haniotakis, of Pittsburgh, also was shot in a leg with a bullet consistent with the gun used by a city police officer. That officer was previously identified as Sgt. Terrence Donnelly.

Haniotakis also had superficial bullet wounds to his forearms, Williams said.

Nassan has been placed on administrative desk duty, which is routine for officers who shoot someone on duty, while prosecutors, city police and state police review Sunday’s shooting. When reached by telephone on Monday, he declined to comment and said not to call him again.

Donnelly is on paid administrative leave, which is routine for Pittsburgh police involved in shootings.

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