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Police Chase May Be Tied To Murder Of Local High School Student

HILL DISTRICT (KDKA) -Pittsburgh Police swarmed the Hill District Wednesday night after a tip from a concerned citizen came into Zone 2 officers.

That tip indicated that a man driving around may have been looking for retaliation for a homicide earlier in the day on Morgan Street.

When officer tried to pull over the driver, he took off and reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour.

"When the officers caught up with the vehicle, one driver had fled on foot and we were able to apprehend and arrest him, relatively quickly," Pittsburgh Police Spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

That driver was 18-year-old David Bell Jr.

According to police, as Bell was being placed in a cruiser, he stated, "I lost my boy today. He got killed. I'm sick about it."

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, 17-year-old Eric Young left his house on Morgan Street and was shot three times.

Young's mother tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Whether or not this is actually connected to the earlier shooting, that is still yet to be decided," Toler said.

During the search for Bell Wednesday night, a police K-9 was injured.

Ari stepped on something sharp in the woods and was taken for treatment.

The animal is expected to be out of service for 10 days.

Police are hoping people continue to come forward with tips.

"A civilian, a regular citizen came into the zone to share information and that's what we always encourage. Shared information with the police officers and this stopped potentially something violent from happening," Toler said.

Police said no weapons were found in Bell's car or in the wooded area.

Bell is currently in the Allegheny County Jail, facing a number of charges including fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

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