Charges filed after 1 police officer killed, 1 hurt in McKeesport shooting; both officers identified

  • In US
  • 2023-02-07 03:29:51Z
  • By WPXI

Charges have been filed for the man accused of shooting one police officer and injuring another in a shooting in McKeesport on Monday.

PHOTOS: Heavy police presence after 2 police officers shot in McKeesport

On Channel 11 News at 11 p.m., what we've learned about the fallen officer who gave his life for his community.

The fallen McKeesport officer has been identified as Sean Sluganski. The injured officer has been identified as Chuck Thomas.

Shooting incident

Channel 11 learned that the officers were responding to a domestic situation involving an unstable man when he opened fire at the officers.

Officials said the officers responded to Wilson Street for the incident involving a man going through a mental health crisis.

According to officials, the suspect walked away from police when they tried talking with him. Police were told by a relative that the suspect was possibly carrying a gun.

The suspect walked to the 1300 block of Grandview Avenue and was met by the officers where he turned and began firing. The officers returned fire when they were both hit and the suspect kept walking.

The suspect turned the corner to the intersection of Versailles Avenue and Patterson Street and was met by a third officer. The two exchanged gunfire and the suspect was hit.

Both officers shot were McKeesport police officers. One officer died at the hospital and the other was critically wounded and life flighted to a Pittsburgh trauma center.

The suspect was hospitalized and is in stable condition.

What we know about fallen officer Sean Sluganski

Sluganski joined the McKeesport police department in Jan. 2020 and was promoted to full time in Jan. 2021.

He was 32 years old.

Prior to his time in McKeesport, he worked at the Charleroi Regional Police department. McKeesport Police Chief Adam Alfer said this is a tragic loss for their department.

"This is a tragic loss for our department and our community," Alfer said in a statement. "We have lost a friend, a trusted colleague and an officer whose passion was providing service to the public. At this time, we ask that you keep all of our officers and their families in your hearts, particularly the families of Officer Sluganski and Officer Thomas."


What we know about injured officer Chuck Thomas

Thomas has been with the McKeesport police department for four years. He was discharged from the hospital Monday night.

According to Chief Alfer, Thomas is now at home and recovering with family.


What we know about the suspect

Court documents identified the suspect as Johnathan Morris, 31.

According to court documents, Morris' mother called 911 to report he was having a PTSD episode and being aggressive towards her. Court documents said Morris is a military veteran.

Police paperwork said that after Morris exchanged gunfire with the officers, he went to a nearby Uni-Mart parking lot and told two people he had been shot and needed help.

Morris is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer and criminal attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

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