Man injured in police-involved shooting faces charges

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ERIE, Pa. — One man is in critical condition and three Erie police officers are on paid administrative leave after an officer-involved shooting on the city’s east side early Friday morning.

Erie police said Deandre R. Tate, 30, was shot in the abdomen and chest by police after Tate fired multiple shots at city police officers around 1 a.m.

Tate has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a stolen handgun among other charges, Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri said during a news conference Friday morning at City Hall.

Tate is in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery at UPMC Hamot.

Police attempted to stop Tate at East Sixth and Ash streets for a stop sign violation. Tate then led police on a short pursuit that ended at 560 E. Third St., the address of the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home.

Police said Tate exited a 2013 Hyundai Sonata and fled on foot before firing multiple shots from a 9mm handgun at police. Police returned gunfire and hit Tate in the chest and abdomen. Daneri said police administered first aid before Tate was taken to UPMC Hamot.

Around seven shell casings were found from the gun that Tate used, police said.

None of the officers involved were injured during the incident.

Police said a woman was inside Tate’s vehicle at the time of the incident but that she was not charged and released, according to Erie police Chief Don Dacus.

Police said the car was still moving with the woman inside when Tate exited the vehicle. The car rolled into the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home. The woman was not injured.

Daneri said initial reviews of the incident indicated the use of deadly force was appropriate and that no charges have been filed by the district attorney’s office against the officers who were fired upon. 

Erie police, the State police and the district attorney’s office were investigating the shooting.

Police said one city police cruiser was hit by gunfire. 

Neighbors shaken after morning shooting

Linda Dubowski and her husband were both asleep when they heard sirens screaming down their street early Friday morning.

Both saw the moments leading up to a police-involved shooting in the 500 block of East Third Street around 1 a.m. They said a black car sped into the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home with police chasing it at high speeds.

They said they heard around 12 shots ring out, prompting them to move away from the window in fear of being hit.

That story is similar to many other neighbors.   

Some said when word traveled that it was an officer-involved shooting they believe it was justified because the suspect fired at police first.

“I was woken up by the cops flying by and then I heard a shooting … 10-15 shots,” Anthony Robsion said.

Watch: Friday’s news conference at City Hall 

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