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Police fired 12 shots at man who killed Pittsburgh K-9

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 5, 2016 3:58 AM
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K-9 Officers with their K-9 partners attend a memorial for Port Authority K-9 officer Aren, at the Law Enforcement Memorial along the north shore of the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. A person was shot and killed by Police after K-9 Officer Aren was stabbed and killed during an incident Sunday in Wilkinsburg, Pa, near Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Pittsburgh) -- Prosecutors say Pittsburgh-area police shot 12 times at a man they killed after he fatally stabbed a police dog. 

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala released the information Thursday as he investigates whether Port Authority officers were justified in Sunday's killing of 37-year-old Bruce Kelley Jr. 

He says it's not clear how many bullets struck Kelley.

Authorities say Kelley and his 60-year-old father were drinking alcohol in a busway gazebo in Wilkinsburg when they fought with officers.

Zappala says officers had already tried to stun Kelley at least six times, with no effect, when they released the police dog. 

He  says Kelley stabbed the German shepherd and then was shot at 10 times by one officer and two times by another officer.

The dog, Aren, was buried Thursday in Wilkinsburg.  

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