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Off-Duty Officer In Recovery After Overnight Shooting

POSTED: 7:08 am EST February 16, 2007
UPDATED: 5:22 pm EST February 16, 2007

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WTAE Channel 4 Action News has confirmed that a man shot and wounded early Friday morning in West View is a local police officer.

Allegheny County 911 said the shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. in the 100 block of Bronx Avenue, near the intersection with Center Avenue. (See Map)

The victim was identified as Sean Hein, 19, who was off duty. Police said he was found sitting in a car with a bullet wound to the torso.

Michael Langer Jr., 23, was charged with aggravated assault in the case. He is being held at Allegheny County Jail on $1 million bail.

Police said Langer and Hein, a part-time officer for West View and Sewickely Borough, were fighting in an alley behind the home of Langer's parents. Langer told authorities Hein was pointing a gun at him.

"There was a struggle," said West View Police Chief Charles Holtgraver. "The officer's gun was taken from him, and we believe he was shot with his own gun."

Police are not sure what caused the fight to erupt.

Hein was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for surgery. No other information has been released.

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