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Attorney releases Romir Talley family's account of fatal Wilkinsburg police shooting

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Attorney releases Romir Talley family’s account of fatal Wilkinsburg police shooting

Updated: 4:30 PM EDT Aug 10, 2020

An attorney for the family of Romir Talley has released new details about what the family believes happened when the 24-year-old man was fatally shot by police in Wilkinsburg last year.LIVE VIDEO: Watch the news conference in the video player above.Nearly eight months after the Dec. 22 shooting, the name of the officer involved in the shooting was released at a borough council meeting Wednesday night. Robert Gowans is a former Monroeville firefighter and has also worked in Pitcairn. The Pitcairn police chief told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that there were no issues with Gowans as an officer in that borough.According to the police account of the night of the Talley shooting, someone called 911 and said a man had pulled a gun on the caller. Police say they eventually found a man matching the description of who pulled the gun. Police asked the man, who wouldn’t take his hands out of his pockets, to stop, and the man ran into an alley. As police chased, they say the man fired a shot at them. Officers returned fire, and Talley was shot seven times.Paul Jubas, an attorney for Talley’s family, said on Thursday that it was a case of mistaken identity, and that Talley was the third man stopped after the initial 911 call. They say Talley chose to run instead of have the interaction with police.Jubas said he has evidence that Talley did not fire the first shot. He also said Wilkinsburg officers were not using body-worn cameras, which could have given clarity about what happened.”We expect charges,” Jubas said, adding that the family plans to hold a news conference on Monday. “There has been new evidence coming to light. We believe that this evidence sharply contradicts the police officer’s statement.”The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the shooting. District Attorney Stephen Zappala released a statement Wednesday that was critical of Wilkinsburg police not having body cameras.When asked for comment Thursday, the Wilkinsburg solicitor said the borough could not comment on an ongoing investigation or personnel matters.

An attorney for the family of Romir Talley has released new details about what the family believes happened when the 24-year-old man was fatally shot by police in Wilkinsburg last year.

LIVE VIDEO: Watch the news conference in the video player above.

Nearly eight months after the Dec. 22 shooting, the name of the officer involved in the shooting was released at a borough council meeting Wednesday night. Robert Gowans is a former Monroeville firefighter and has also worked in Pitcairn. The Pitcairn police chief told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that there were no issues with Gowans as an officer in that borough.

According to the police account of the night of the Talley shooting, someone called 911 and said a man had pulled a gun on the caller. Police say they eventually found a man matching the description of who pulled the gun. Police asked the man, who wouldn’t take his hands out of his pockets, to stop, and the man ran into an alley. As police chased, they say the man fired a shot at them. Officers returned fire, and Talley was shot seven times.

Paul Jubas, an attorney for Talley’s family, said on Thursday that it was a case of mistaken identity, and that Talley was the third man stopped after the initial 911 call. They say Talley chose to run instead of have the interaction with police.

Jubas said he has evidence that Talley did not fire the first shot. He also said Wilkinsburg officers were not using body-worn cameras, which could have given clarity about what happened.

“We expect charges,” Jubas said, adding that the family plans to hold a news conference on Monday. “There has been new evidence coming to light. We believe that this evidence sharply contradicts the police officer’s statement.”

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the shooting. District Attorney Stephen Zappala released a statement Wednesday that was critical of Wilkinsburg police not having body cameras.

When asked for comment Thursday, the Wilkinsburg solicitor said the borough could not comment on an ongoing investigation or personnel matters.