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Public Safety Statement Following Active Shooter/Critical Incident in City's Garfield Neighborhood

PITTSBURGH, PA – (August 23, 2023) – On Wednesday, August 23, 2023, Pittsburgh Police and Pittsburgh SWAT responded to the city’s Garfield neighborhood following calls for shots fired as Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies served an eviction notice to the resident of a home in the 4800 block of Broad Street. 

Multiple units from every police zone, as well as Public Safety personnel from Pittsburgh EMS, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, responded to assist, in addition to our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.  

Following the nearly six-and-a-half-hour standoff, the subject was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene by Pittsburgh EMS, shortly after 5 p.m. There were no serious injuries to any Pittsburgh Public Safety - or its partner agency - personnel.  

“I am immensely proud of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers from every single unit who responded to the scene immediately to support Allegheny County Sheriffs as they found themselves under fire," said Pittsburgh Police Chief, Larry Scirotto. 

"Our officers worked seamlessly and communicated expertly, not only with each other, but also with their local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, under extremely dangerous circumstances. It's clear that our officers relied on their extensive training to prepare them for such incidents. While we had hoped that this incident would not reach this unfortunate conclusion, I am grateful none of our officers was injured in the process of trying to negotiate a peaceful surrender,” added Scirotto.

In the coming days and weeks, City of Pittsburgh social workers and trauma support teams from the Office of Community Health & Safety will be making themselves available in Garfield and throughout the city to ensure community members have access to the support services they might require following this traumatic event.  

“Our Public Safety personnel - a family -,  the community of Garfield, and indeed the entire City of Pittsburgh, suffered a collective trauma today in experiencing this unfortunate incident. I want to commend all of the Department of Public Safety officials who worked tirelessly throughout the day in an effort to bring this to an end. I will ensure that our Public Safety employees, in addition to community members, are afforded all of the services they need to help process what they have witnessed today,” said Public Safety Director, Lee Schmidt. 

Pittsburgh Public Safety would also like to thank all of its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners who assisted in this effort, including:  

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, the FBI, the ATF, North Hills SRT, SHACOG SWAT, HSI, Port Authority Police, the Allegheny County Crime Lab, the Attorney General's Office, and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.  

Pennsylvania State Police will be investigative agency for this incident.   

 

Published

08.23.2023
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Contacts

Cara Cruz
Public Information Officer
Public Safety
cara.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov