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Pennsylvania man acquitted of most charges in chase that drew police gunfire, wounded mom

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PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh-area man has been acquitted of all but two minor charges for leading police on a chase that drew gunfire, wounding the man's mother.

Donald Burris Jr.'s mother, Lena Davenport, survived a head wound, but has a lawsuit pending against Pittsburgh and Homestead police in the January 2013 chase.

Allegheny County prosecutors say Burris ran a red light then smashed into cars about 2 a.m. before officers fired several shots into his car.

Burris and his mother weren't armed and the incident prompted then-Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper to issue an order that officers were not to fire on moving vehicles unless the occupants fired first.

Burris, a 33-year-old Carnegie man, was wounded in the arm. A jury Wednesday acquitted him of aggravated assault and more serious charges, convicting him only on charges of fleeing police.

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