- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of shooting a western Pennsylvania police officer saved by his bulletproof vest has been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide and other charges.

The father of 28-year-old Earl Hollins claims the officer was mistaken when he identified the suspect in a photo lineup after the Oct. 28 shooting.

But Harmony Township Officer Alan Loskoch testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that he recognized Hollins because he’d encountered him twice before, during a traffic stop and while searching a home.

Loskoch was patrolling about 3:45 a.m. when he saw a man trying to break into a car. Loskoch says the man turned and fired when confronted.

Hollins’ attorney says he believes the officer was mistaken, and Earl Hollins Sr. says, “It’s definitely a case of mistaken identity.”

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