Update: NOT GUILTY – Robert Morris Student Accused Of Shooting At Emergency Vehicles
Not Guilty….of all misdemeanor and felony charges. Mr. McCleary pleaded guilty to summary disorderly offenses. Never stop asking for discovery. I had to fight tooth and nail to receve certain discovery that is supposed to be turned over without making a request. However, after requesting informally and then by formal motion, I was able to take a look at what really happend. The Commonwealth’s witness gave at least 3 different versions of what happened…this after he was caught running out of the back door of the residence.
Great result for Ryan!!
PITTSBURGH — A 20-year-old Robert Morris student remained silent as he walked out of court on Tuesday, accused of shooting at emergency vehicles.
A friend of Ryan McCleary’s testified that he was with him on a front porch the night of the alleged November incident and never saw or heard him fire the gun.
“When you have an eyewitness who basically says it didn’t happen, they try to connect the dots,” said defense attorney Steve Townsend.
Moon Township Police Officer Ian Lucas testified that he “was driving on Brodhead Road headed toward University Boulevard when my front passenger window was shattered inward.”
Paramedic Cassandra Donaldson testified that the door on her ambulance was also shot at.
Despite McCleary’s prints being found on a AR 15 with upper parts for AR-15’s gun, Townsend said McCleary didn’t fire the gun. This gun was given after a full clearance and also the gun shot does not match the gun.
“You never know what’s going to happen when a case gets downtown. That’s why it’s so important to have hearings like these because memories change, memories fade. People lose track. It was clear today that Mr. McCleary did not shoot a rifle at that vehicle,” said Townsend.
McCleary was held on all charges.
College Student Accused of Shooting Police Car
Police Say Man Fires BB Weapon At Mailbox, Hits Emergency Vehicles
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Shots from what police believe was some sort of BB rifle were fired at two emergency vehicles Tuesday night in Moon Township.
Police said 20-year-old Ryan McCleary, of Evans City, shot one of their cars as it passed by a house in the 900 block of Broadhead Road.
“(The driver) hears the breaking of the glass — he looks over, the window is completely shattered. There’s a hole in the window. He pulls over, takes cover,” Chief Leo McCarthy said.
Channel 4 Action News’ Sheldon Ingram reported that McCleary, a Robert Morris University student, is also accused of shooting the passenger-side front door of an ambulance with at least two people inside. No injuries were reported.
Police said McCleary was shooting at a mailbox and missed badly. Although the weapon wasn’t large, police said it was enough to do significant damage and could have been a bad situation if the driver had lost control and hit another vehicle.
“It was enough to penetrate a window, it was enough to ding the door on ambulance. I don’t want to rule out it could be something more than a BB. It’s definitely going to be something very small caliber,” Sgt. Douglas Busch said.
McCleary’s attorney, Steve Townsend, said bond has been posted and McCleary is expected to be released from the Allegheny County Jail early Wednesday evening. Charges include reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and criminal mischief, police said.
“He’s a Robert Morris student with a 3.6 grade-point average, and he has a job to pay for his college,” Townsend said.