- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police dash cam video helps explain how and why a Pittsburgh police officer shot a suspect six times, including twice in the back of his shoulder, during a fatal encounter last week, the district attorney said.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. isn’t releasing the video and audio, but has been reviewing it along with federal prosecutors to determine whether Officer William Kertis was justified in shooting the suspect, 29-year-old Adrian Williams, on April 21.

Police have said officers tried to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation before it sped off into neighboring Wilkinsburg. Police have claimed, and Zappala confirmed Wednesday, that Williams had a gun when Kertis shot him, but dropped it during a struggle.

In addition to the shots that hit Williams in the rear of his shoulder, he was shot just above the buttocks, through his right arm, and under his right and left arms, Zappala said.

“There is video that explains how these types of shots would appear on his body,” Zappala said. “He’s not running away.”

The district attorney routinely reviews police shootings, and Kertis has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation, which is also standard procedure after a police shooting.

This is the second shooting by Kertis, who was honored by the city for a gunbattle with another suspect, who is awaiting trial. During that shooting in March 2013, Kertis was wounded in both legs and broke both his wrists while chasing and trading gunfire with the suspect.

Williams had a felony record and couldn’t legally possess a gun. Zappala said the gun Williams used that night was registered to someone else, but hadn’t been reported stolen.

Williams was awaiting trial on drug charges, had a 2007 drug conviction, and had been sentenced to five years of probation in March after pleading guilty to fleeing or eluding police, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana and traffic citations from another stop months before.

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