By Jeremy Boren and Jill King Greenwood
Monday, March 16, 2009
A state trooper involved in a fatal South Side shooting over the weekend fatally shot a 12-year-old Uniontown boy in 2002, state police said today.
Trooper Samuel Nassan was one of two officers trying to pull over a 33-year-old motorist during a roving DUI patrol early Sunday, state police said.
Nassan and Pittsburgh police Sgt. Terry Donnelly both fired into a vehicle after driver Nicholas Haniotakis refused to stop and tried to run them over, police said.
Donnelly was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated and Nassan, who works out of the Pittsburgh barracks, was placed on desk duty, officials said.
In December 2002, Nassan fatally shot Michael Ellerbe after the 12-year-old jumped from a stolen vehicle. Nassan and his partner at the time, Cpl. Juan Curry, were chasing Ellerbe when they said Curry’s gun misfired while he climbed a fence.
Nassan testified during a civil trial that he shot Ellerbe because he thought the child shot Curry. The troopers were not charged criminally but Ellerbe’s father sued them for wrongful death in 2008.