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.

Patch welcomes contributions and comments from our users. We strive for civil, enlightened discussions on Patch stories and local issues. Please abide by our posting standards:

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.

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

Notice: Your email may not yet have been verified. Please check your email, click the link to verify your address, and then submit your comment. If you can’t find this email, access your profile editor to re-send the confirmation email. You must have a verified email to submit a comment. Once you have done so, check again.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

In a Nov. 29 incident, Candace Smith, 33, went to a police station and asked about protection orders because she said she and her husband weren’t getting along and she discovered she had a sexually transmitted disease. She also told police that when she “threatens to leave Quentin, he tells her that he would kill her, their daughter, and himself,” the report said.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

The City of #Westerville suffered a tremendous loss today. @WestervillePD Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty. Please keep our first responders and the officers’ families in your thoughts and prayers. #WestervilleStrong

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won’t tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don’t include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

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.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don’t want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won’t publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

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.

Posted in Pittsburgh