BALDWIN, Pennsylvania — A suicidal Pittsburgh-area man has been sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison for prompting a police response that resulted in one officer being wounded by friendly fire.
Thirty-year-old Bryan Lijewski, of Baldwin, was sentenced Monday after previously pleading guilty to illegally possessing painkillers, endangering children and others at his residence, and simple assault.
Baldwin police say Lijewski refused to show his hands when he answered his front door after police responded to a call that Lijewski was suicidal and armed with a shotgun.
Fifty-four-year-old Baldwin police Sgt. Ralph Miller was wounded in the back when he tried to force open the door and another officer's gun went off, shattering Miller's pelvis and paralyzing part of one leg.
Miller now uses a cane and does not expect to return to work.