Steve Zappala

Joe DeStio

D.A. Says Fatal Shooting Of Homewood Man 'Justified'

Pittsburgh Police shot Mark Daniels on Bruston Avenue in February.

April 03, 2018 - 1:21 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Allegheny County District Attorney has called the fatal shooting by Pittsburgh Police of a Homewood man in February "justified."

D.A. Stephen A.  Zappala Jr. says if police officer Geno Macioce hadn’t had his gun drawn when he confronted 39-year-old Mark Daniels outside Betts Market on Bruston Avenue in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh on February 11, he might be dead.

Zappala says Officer Macioce had his gun drawn on foot patrol because he thought Daniels was “agitated, angry and upset.”

Zappala says shot-spotter evidence shows there were a total of ten shots. The first three from Daniels, the next three from Macioce, then from a short distance away four more shots fired by the officer.

Daniels was shot in his arm as he ran with a severed artery and later died from blood loss.

Zappala says that is was concern that the shot came from the rear but that the officer was trying to prevent another shooting. “I think Mr. Daniels only retreats because [Macioce] returned fire.”

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