Koby Francis, Accused Suspect In Capturing Of McKeesport Police Officer, Taken Into Custody In West Virginia – CBS Pittsburgh
CLARKSBURG, W. VA. (KDKA) – Koby Francis, the 22-year-old accused of shooting McKeesport police officer Jerry Athans, has been detained in West Virginia.
He was detained Tuesday in an apartment complex in Clarksburg by federal marshals and will remain in the North Central Regional Jail and Correctional Facility until extradited back to Pennsylvania for charges, Allegheny County Police Department said. An arrest warrant has been issued for Francis for murder, escape, escape, escape from concern, aggravated assault, and firearms violations.
The situation began just before 3 p.m. on December 20, when an abuse order was served on Francis at McKeesport Police Station.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Harrison Village shortly afterwards, where “Francis was trying to get his toddler from a relative who was babysitting.”
Francis left before the police arrived.
Then, just before 4 p.m. on December 20, the police were called to Yester Square again, this time for an ongoing PFA violation. When officers arrived at the scene, they said they saw Francis sitting in front of a house in his Ford Escape.
He was arrested. Once in Officer Athans’ police car, investigators say Francis was combative. The criminal complaint reported that he tried to throw out one of the vehicle’s windows.
Police at McKeesport Police Station say Officer Athans went to the passenger side to get Francis out of the vehicle. But then the shots rang out. Police say Francis was able to stretch his handcuffed hands in front of him.
Officer Athans initially suffered a gunshot wound in the neck. Then he circled for cover in front of the vehicle. The criminal complaint states: “Francis kept shooting Officer Athans and hit him twice more in the left shoulder.” Police say Officer Athans returned fire when Francis ran away.
Officer Athans has been discharged from the hospital.
Two people accused of obstructing the arrest of Francis went to court on Tuesday. Daniel Neal and Justine Kenyatta presented themselves at around 11 a.m.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, in collaboration with the Allegheny County Police Department, offered a reward of up to $ 10,000 for information leading to Francis’ whereabouts.