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One dead after officer-involved shooting along I-70 Westbound

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. (WTRF) - One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Washington County Thursday night.

According to officials, Pennsylvania State Troopers conducted a traffic stop near the Murtland Avenue Exit along Interstate 70 for erratic driving.

As Troopers made contact with the driver, Steven Jamine Brooks of St. Petersburg, Florida, he drove off.

A pursuit began on I-70 Westbound in the Eastbound lanes of traffic.

Brooks reportedly traveled off of the roadway, striking a concrete bridge pillar and came to a stop.

Brooks reportedly exited the vehicle, refused Troopers' commands, and ran on foot. He then reportedly climbed over a fence while Troopers followed behind.

According to officials, Brooks then displayed a firearm and turned toward the Troopers with the weapon in hand

He continued to refuse to drop his weapon, and Troopers used deadly force to stop Brooks' actions.

Brooks died of multiple gunshot wounds at the scene.

According to CBS affiliate KDKA, Brooks was wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of his landlord in Florida.

On Wednesday, police reportedly tried to take him into custody in Alabama. 

During the process, Brooks reportedly took an elderly couple hostage inside of a home, which prompted a standoff with police.

Brooks eventually let the couple go and escaped.

Anyone who may have been traveling along I-70 and witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Washington at (724) 223-5200.


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