Overdosing PA Man Accused of Shooting at EMTs

Aug. 11, 2021
Allegheny County medics responded to a medical emergency in Clairton, and when they arrived at the scene, the patient became combative and opened fire at the first responders.

A Pittsburgh-area man is in custody after authorities say he shot at the medics responding to his overdose call before he threatened to open fire in a department store.

The incident started around 2:45 p.m. Monday when Allegheny County 9-1-1 was notified that Michael Spence was having a medical emergency and was overdosing in his home on Wylie Avenue in Clairton, WPXI is reporting.

When emergency medical crews got to his home, though, he became combative, pulled out a firearm, shot at the EMTs and ran out of the home, reports indicate.

More than a dozen SWAT officers were seen searching the area before police got word he made it to the Burlington Coat Factory in West Mifflin and threatened to shoot up the store, KDKA is reporting.

Officers were called to the store, fought with him, and were able to take him into custody. No weapons were found at the store, according to reports.

Spence is facing charges that include five counts of aggravated assault, according to reports.


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