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Handcuffed suspect who allegedly shot Pennsylvania police officer caught after 9 days


#Koby #Francis was arrested in #West #Virginia.

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The fugitive accused of opening fire on a police officer while handcuffed was caught #Tuesday following a nine-day manhunt.

U.S. #Marshals captured #Koby #Francis in an apartment complex in #Clarksburg, #West #Virginia, around 6 p.m., the authorities said. #On #Dec. 20, the #McKeesport, #Pennsylvania, #Police #Department said officers handcuffed #Francis, 22, from behind and drove him in a police SUV on suspicion of violating a protective order.

#Francis allegedly got his hands in front of him during the drive to the station and ambushed #Officer #Gerasimos “#Jerry” #Athans, 32, as the officer opened the door, according to the #Allegheny #County #Police #Department. #Francis allegedly had a gun on him that was not removed during the arrest, police said.

The incident was captured on a surveillance camera outside the station.

#Athans, a four-year veteran of the force, was shot in the neck and shoulder and is recovering from his non-life-threatening injuries, the police said.

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#During the police search and investigation officials arrested four people who they say assisted the suspect in his flight.

#Jasmyn #Henderson-Bracey, 25, #Gesiah #Grigsby, 21, #Daniel #Neal, 19, and #Justine #Kenyatta, 20, all of #East #Stroudsburg, #Pennsylvania, were charged #Sunday with hindering the suspect’s apprehension.

The four denied they had seen #Francis after the shooting, however, police said they had evidence that their story was not true.

#Henderson-Bracey and #Grigsby were allegedly seen on surveillance footage with #Francis, who allegedly was still wearing his handcuff bracelet, at a grocery store two days after the shooting, police said. #Neal, #Francis’ brother, was allegedly seen in the video trying to hide the fugitive’s face and #Kenyatta was seen in a vehicle with the pair, police said.

#Francis is charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempt homicide, person not to possess a firearm, flight to avoid apprehension trial or punishment and escape, police said.

#He is currently awaiting extradition at a jail in #Doddridge #County, #West #Virginia, police said.

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