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Wanted man arrested following high speed chase

Devine Edwards had connection to June shooting

A Johnstown man wanted in connection with a Cambria County shooting incident was arrested in Blair County after driving the wrong way and leading police on a chase through Altoona.

According to court documents, Devine Edwards, 28, was spotted about 3:18 p.m. Aug. 3 making a right-hand turn into oncoming traffic on a one-way road near Beale Avenue. State police attempted to stop the white Toyota Highlander and a pursuit ensued as the vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed on Seventh Avenue, Logan Boulevard and a number of alleys and roads, court documents state.

The driver also failed to use turn signals and stop at multiple stop signs, police reported. After several minutes, the pursuit was stopped and police canvassed the area, with an officer locating the vehicle after it crashed into a vehicle operated by an off-duty Altoona police officer, court documents state. The off-duty officer was able to detain two occupants while a second officer located a third who had fled the scene.

Police were told Edwards was driving the vehicle during the pursuit. The off-duty officer also identified Edwards as the one driving the vehicle, police reported.

Edwards was arraigned Friday before Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller on felony fleeing or attempting to elude an officer along with seven summary traffic violations.

Unable to post $35,000 bail, he was remanded to the Blair County Prison. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 23 in front of Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner.

Also on Friday, Miller held a hearing on the Johnstown charges for Edwards, who also goes by Gangertown Shooter. In that case, Edwards is facing two felony charges of aggravated assault — extreme indifference, two felony charges of aggravated assault-with a deadly weapon, a felony charge of possession of firearm prohibited, a felony charge of firearms not to be carried without a license and a misdemeanor charge of tampering with evidence.

Miller set bail on those charges at $100,000, court records state.

In that case, Edwards is accused of discharging a firearm on June 25 and 26 in the Jacoby Street area near Solomon Street, Johnstown.

According to police, Edwards admitted exiting his vehicle and discharging a firearm at an unknown Black male at Solomon Street and Jacoby Street. Edwards returned to the vehicle, and while driving, discharged the firearm again, police reported.

Edwards’ girlfriend told police she was walking with her youngest child and their dog about 3 or 4 p.m. on June 25 when she was approached by a Black male wearing a red shirt and dark shorts. She said the man displayed a firearm and told her “Don’t say anything, don’t talk to me. If I can’t get to who I want to get, I will get to someone he loves and I know that’s you.”

When she returned to her apartment, she told Edwards about the man and handed Edwards a firearm. Edwards saw the man walking up the staircase and fired the weapon two times.

About 12:30 a.m. on June 26, the woman said they again encountered the man. As she and Edwards were leaving the parking lot, she spotted the man in the bushes near Jacoby Street and Edwards exited the vehicle and began to shoot into the bushes, emptying the clip.

As she and Edwards headed toward the Walnut Grove section of the city, Edwards tossed the weapon from the vehicle, the woman told police.

In an interview with police, Edwards admitted to both incidents. Police found evidence of the shootings, including partial jacket rounds and five discharged .45-caliber shell casings.

Edwards faced a preliminary arraignment in that case Monday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Kevin J. Price in Cambria County. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Aug. 25 before Price.

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