2012-07-26 / Local & State

Jury Selection Begins In W. Pa. Officer’s Shooting

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jury selection has begun in the trial of two men charged with shooting and crippling a Pittsburgh-area police officer during a robbery and home invasion last year.

Twenty-seven-year-old Emilio Rivera, of McKees Rocks, and 19-year-old Marcus Andrejco, of Rankin, allegedly posed as FBI agents when they went looking for money and drugs at the home in Clairton, about 10 miles outside Pittsburgh, on April 4, 2011.

Police say Clairton Officer James Kuzak was shot as he pulled up in his patrol car.

Authorities at first charged two different men in the incident, which paralyzed the 40-year-old officer who is gradually learning to walk again with the help of leg braces but remains in a wheelchair.

The jury being picked Monday is expected to hear opening statements in the case on Tuesday.

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