A police officer for the City of Aliquippa has been charged in the shooting of an Allegheny County Jail guard early Thanksgiving morning.

Joshua Gonzalez, age 24, was charged yesterday with felony aggravated assault for the shooting of 29-year-old Kevin Miller. Gonzalez has been an officer with the City of Aliquippa for the past 4 months, Miller has been a correctional officer for the past 9 years.

Police say Gonzalez went to the Milestone Bar in Brentwood with his girlfriend and another of their friends at 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday. Gonzalez’s girlfriend was reportedly involved in repeated arguments and fights in and around the bar throughout the night, which police say had to be broken up on multiple occasions.

Gonzalez told police he and his friend left the bar along with his girlfriend and went to her house in Carrick. Gonzalez walked with his friend to his car, going by a house where Kevin Miller was sitting on a porch along with several women.

According to a charging affidavit, Gonzalez alleged to police that Miller threatened him and they started shouting obscenities at each other. Gonzalez told police he was leaving when Miller came toward him, pulling up his shirt and reaching into his waistband as if he had a gun.

“I felt like I was going to get shot and my life was in danger,” Gonzalez told police. Gonzalez said Miller was coming towards him when he fired. “I fired one round he screamed and fell to the ground and I left.”

Police say Gonzalez dialed 911, identified himself and returned to the scene. Gonzalez told officers he panicked and should not have left.

According to statements made by Kevin Miller to police, he saw Joshua Gonzalez hit a woman during a fight involving several women. Miller said he began yelling at Gonzalez about it and “got in his face,” but never did anything to make him believe he had a weapon. Miller said Gonzalez calmly told him he was going to shoot him before pulling out his gun and firing.

Miller told police he does not own a handgun but does own an AK-47 and hunting rifles.

Kevin Miller was transported to UPMC with a .40 calibre gunshot wound to the stomach. Gonzalez told officers the weapon he used was his personally owned Glock firearm.

Online court dockets do not show an attorney for Joshua Gonzalez. Local law enforcement sources say a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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tight
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tight

this what happen when you gives thugs a badge!

Mojo
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Mojo

No, this is what happens when some police departments in the area pay $25/hr or more, and some departments pay $10-12/hr. You get what you freaking pay for. You ever see stories like this happening with officers from Robinson or Cranberry Township? You pay bottom of the barrel wages, you get bottom of the barrel employees.

Insane
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Insane

YES! THANK YOU! Every square mile in Beaver County thinks it needs its own police department and this is what we get! We keep reading about all the problems with all the police in Beaver County its all out of control!

Mojo
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Mojo

Like anything else, it starts with the voters. Demand that your local councils and supervisors get over their little “queen of the castle” mentalities and regionalize services so that Beaver County gets decent cops making decent salaries, instead of these square-mile fiefdoms handing out politically connected jobs and shitty wages.

Jim
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Jim

Something is wrong with Beaver County.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

This guy and his girl are hot heads. He needs to get rid of her. He should be fired. This is going to be a hard one for the FOP to fight. Best case scenario, there is going to be some non-biased person that witnessed this and comes forward with the real truth.

Uncle wah wah
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Uncle wah wah

Frankly, I ‘d rather see some stories about why we need a tax increase just two years after we supposedly got $37 million for Friendship Ridge. That vote is coming up in 2-3 weeks. The budget is only $74 million, are they THAT deep in the hole or did we not get anywhere near $37 million.

We can deal with loser cops later, not like there won’t be a dozen other stories about their shenanigans in the next couple months. It is the drinking, errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr holiday season!

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Yes Uncle, I would like to see this so called investigation produce some fruit and hold some people accountable, charge them and collect restitution from them. Perhaps a class action lawsuit of the taxpayers vs Beaver County Elected and Appointed Officials for not administering their office correctly and wondering outside the guidelines of their oath of office, and using their office for personal gain and the gain of family members. Violating Federal banking laws and who knows what else.

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Gonzales panicked and left the scene only to return to talk with police?!? Let Mungo translate….Gonzales after a night of heavy drinking and most likely some substance abuse deferred to his only means of self defense and immediately pulled his weapon…..since he most likely can’t fight….unless it’s a woman!!! Shot Mr. Miller ” in fear for his life” which is the primary statement ingrained into an officers head from day one of police training! Then suddenly realized I have a pocket full of contrand that I best go stash at my peach’s apartment! Washed his face, few drops of visine, and 2 breath mints later and …..Honest officer I didn’t do nothing wrong! Quite obviously this is Mungo’s opinion on the turn of events that night. Yes yes Mungo knows he is probably totally off on this one!