- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) - State police are recommending no charges be filed against a Pennsylvania driver who accidentally ran down a borough officer, who shot at the car.

Trooper Jason Morgan tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Charles Pencak’s (PEN’-chax) foot got caught under a gas pedal that was modified because he has a prosthetic leg.

The 67-year-old Vandergrift man’s car hit Officer Richard “Joe” Gray and a borough garbage hauler on Sept. 14. Gray then fired shots at Pencak’s car, believing the car was targeting him. Pencak’s car was hit, but he wasn’t wounded.

Morgan says the shooting was justified so he’s not recommending charges against the officer, either. Gray’s attorney told him not to comment.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck says Friday he still must review and sign off on Morgan’s findings.



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