Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman said he “did the right thing” when he pulled a gun on an innocent, unarmed black jogger in 2013.
On Wednesday, a video from a local report from 2013 went viral on social media and featured Fetterman defending his wrongdoing on camera. At the time, Fetterman was Mayor of the City of Braddock.
“I believe I did the right thing, but I may have broken the law during this one, and, you know, I’m definitely not above the law,” he said. he told Action News 4.
In 2013, Democrat John Fetterman said he “did the right thing” when he chased down an unarmed black jogger and shot him with a shotgun. pic.twitter.com/j4dHUeKdRX
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The incident reportedly happened outside Fetterman’s home in 2013 after he heard what he thought were gunshots on a nearby street. According to Fetterman, he saw a man wearing a face mask and goggles running on foot through his neighborhood and immediately took him on as a suspect. Evocative of the Ahmaud Arbery tragedy, Fetterman then called 911, armed himself with a shotgun and followed the stranger in his truck before the situation escalated into a confrontation.
“I didn’t know if it was a rampage. I didn’t know if it was a drive-by. I didn’t understand. No one could know what was going on at the time except that a large number of shots were fired from what looked like a high powered rifle,” Fetterman said. “At that point, I made the decision as a parent and as mayor to intervene until first responders could arrive and fix the problem.”
Fetterman brandished his shotgun as he caught up with the man and ordered him to stop.
“I ordered him twice, ‘Just stay there,’ and he refused. That’s when I felt like I had to make sure because I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Fetterman said. “I pulled a gun out of my car, but I didn’t point it at him. In fact, I didn’t even have a cartridge or safety.
The man, Chris Miyares, countered Fetterman’s claims, alleging the former mayor pointed the shotgun at his chest.
“I took my sunglasses off and took my headphones out of my ear, and I looked up, and it was the mayor of Braddock,” Miyares said. “He jumped in his Ford F-150 and followed me around North Braddock and pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at my chest.”
Miyares added that he believed the sounds heard by Fetterman were children firing nearby bottle rockets.
“There were three kids in the parking lot where the dumpster is by the library. They were just firing bottle rockets. I heard it when I was running to Parker [Avenue] and it kind of pulled me in too until I looked up and saw colors,” he said.
Miyares said he immediately raised his hands when the police arrived.
Although Miyares claims Fetterman only lied about the incident, he ultimately backed his candidacy for the US Senate in 2021, arguing that he has done more good than harm as a politician.
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