Suspect shot, killed by Pittsburgh police officers after apparent gunfire exchange in Homewood

Updated 3 hours ago A man who fired shots at Pittsburgh police as they were chasing him early Saturday was killed when they returned fire.

Police said the shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the Homewood South neighborhood.

Police said officers responded when someone reported a man with a gun near Brushton Avenue and Bennett Street.

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When officers made contact with the man, a foot pursuit ensued and the man fired a gun at the officers, according to police.

Police said officers returned fire. The suspect was shot, but he continued to flee.

He ran when he saw the police, starting a chase. During the pursuit, police say the suspect fired at them, and one officer fired back, striking him, according to reports.

Allegheny County Police confirmed they are conducting an investigation into the shooting.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. today after officers were called to the Homewood South neighborhood for a report of a person with a gun, WTAE is reporting.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything is asked to call Allegheny County Police's tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

He was transported to an area hospital where he later died, according to reports.

No further information, including the identity of the man killed, has been released.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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Trea Horne, 17, told The Associated Press he was upstairs in the townhome he shares with his mother when he heard five or six gunshots early Saturday afternoon. He said he came downstairs and saw police cars racing to a townhome directly across the street.

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Republican Gov. John Kasich, who lives with his family in a nearby township, tweeted that he was "very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers." He asked Ohio residents to join him in "lifting up these officers’ families in prayer."

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities in Pittsburgh say a suspect was shot and killed after police officers were fired upon during an early morning foot chase.

Trea Horne, 17, told The Associated Press he was upstairs in the townhome he shares with his mother when he heard five or six gunshots early Saturday afternoon. He said he came downstairs and saw police cars racing to a townhome directly across the street.

Public safety spokeswoman Alicia George says officers on patrol in the Homewood neighborhood were alerted at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to someone with a gun.

Jennifer Ripperger, 46, said her neighborhood of townhomes has a mix of owners and renters. She said heard police pulling up on Saturday and watched as officers nearly dragged firefighters toward the residence where the officers had been shot.

George says police approached the male and “a foot pursuit ensued and the actor fired a gun at the officers.”

George says police returned fire at the suspect who kept trying to flee but was later apprehended. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The officers were uninjured.


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