Johnstown man linked to shootings jailed after ramming police cruiser


CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP -- A man who has been linked to multiple shootings in Johnstown is in jail and facing charges after he was accused of attempting to flee officers and ramming a cruiser Wednesday night in Somerset County after a drug bust.

Mbazulwane Ntando Gxuluwe, 25, of Grove Avenue, Johnstown, is in the Somerset County Jail, charged with two counts each of manufacture, delivery and possession of drugs with intent to deliver, aggravated assault and criminal use of a communication facility.

He was unable to post 10 percent of $500,000 bail.

According to a criminal complaint, Gxuluwe sold a brick of heroin to an undercover police officer for $250 at Greenhouse Park.

As Gxuluwe was leaving the park around 8:45 p.m., police said they attempted to stop him before his vehicle exited onto State Route 403.

Police said an officer struck the driver's side of Gxuluwe's vehicle.

Police said Gxuluwe spun around and attempted to head toward Johnstown. In the process, Gxuluwe rammed a second officer's cruiser, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

Police said an officer fired one shot from his pistol through the passenger window, striking the driver's door of Gxuluwe's vehicle.

Gxuluwe was taken into custody. A loaded Keltec 9mm handgun was found in the driver’s side door, police said, even though Gxuluwe is not permitted to carry a firearm. He also did not have a valid driver’s license.

No injuries were reported.

Police said Gxuluwe “is suspected of multiple shooting incidents” in the city of Johnstown.

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