U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force Captures Shooting Suspect in Braddock

Julian Sims is apprehended Thursday on charges stemming from an incident in McKeesport where four people were shot.

Julian L. Sims, the suspect in a New Year’s Eve shooting that injured four people when he allegedly crashed a party in McKeesport, has been arrested by U.S. Marshals Task Force Officers at approximately 4:30 pm this afternoon in the 400 block of Stokes Ave in Braddock. 

Allegheny County police issued a warrant for Julian Sims, 20, on charges of criminal attempt homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of recklessly endangering others and firearms violations following the New Year’s Eve incident. 

The shooting happened at approximately 3:12 a.m., according to county police. McKeesport police responded to 1506 Versailles Ave. for a shooting with multiple victims. Upon securing the scene they requested the investigative assistance of the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit.

The investigation revealed that there had been a New Year’s Eve Party at that residence. There were three African American males at the party who were not known by the residents. As the party died down, the homeowner asked the three uninvited males to leave his home.

A brief altercation ensued and one of the unknown males pulled a firearm and began shooting. Four people were shot—three adult males and an adult female. Three of the individuals were shot in the lower extremities and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The fourth was shot in the abdomen and is in critical but stable condition.

Sims had been successful evading capture until U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers tracked him down in Braddock Thursday afternoon.

Sims was “considered armed and extremely dangerous,” by Allegheny County police.

The U.S. Marshals Service Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force is made up of the following: U.S. Marshals, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


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