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More Details Emerge After Troopers Fatally Shot A Man Wanted For Murder in Florida

The suspect refused repeated calls by police to drop his weapon on I-70

Shelby Cassesse
April 13, 2018 - 1:34 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania State Police have released additional details after troopers fatally shot a man on I-70 in South Strabane, Washington County Thursday evening.

State Troopers used deadly force on 45-year-old Steven J. Brooks after he attempted to avoid a routine traffic stop.

Captain Joseph Ruggery says that when Brown began driving westbound in the eastbound lanes near the Murtland Avenue exit, he crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot.

“At that time, the troopers observed that the suspect was in possession of a pistol. They both gave him repeated verbal commands to drop the weapon, which he refused," said Ruggery.

Police quickly discovered the vehicle Brooks was driving was reported stolen in Alabama. He was wanted for first-degree murder in Florida. According to police, Brooks fled to live with his estranged girlfriend in Alabama. When police arrived to serve their warrant, he escaped in a stolen car, resulting in a high-speed police chase. Brooks drove the car into a swamp and fled into a wooded area on foot. 

Ruggery said that's when Brooks obtained the car he drove to Washington County.

"Mr. Brooks was able to evade capture and subsequently stole a white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck from a location approximately 8 miles from where he was last seen," he said. "Nearly 26 hours later, Mr. Brooks was operating that same pick-up truck along Interstate 70 in Southwestern Pennsylvania when he was stopped by our troopers. 

Mr. Brooks' pistol was also reported stolen in 2014. 

Both troopers were uninjured during the incident. They have been put on administrative duty until the investigation is complete. 

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