Public Safety Blotter Articles

SWAT Incident Ends Peacefully

Date: July 13, 2019
Incident Type: SWAT Callout
Location: Brighton Heights

Pittsburgh Burea of Police officers responded to a report of a domestic incident on the 4000 block of Brandon Road around 1:15 p.m.

Officers from Zone 1 were able to visually identify a female inside the house who had been assaulted by a male, who was also in the house. 

The male refused to let the woman out or police in, making this a hostage situation.

Zone 1 officers and supervisors recognized that this was a volatile situation and that the woman was in great danger. They used a ladder off a responding Pittsburgh Fire truck to free the woman through a second-floor window and bring her to safety.

The male barricaded himself inside the home. SWAT and the Tactical Negotiations Team arrived on scene.

Negotiators made contact with the male but he was uncooperative. He made multiple threats of violence against police.

SWAT gained entry into the home, and deployed gas and a K-9 Officer. Police took the male into custody on the third floor of the home without incident around 3:50 p.m.

The male, identified as Marc Vrane, 47, was placed under arrest and faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault, strangulation, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Officers also found drug paraphernalia in the house and are obtaining a search warrant. Additional charges are likely.

The female victim was treated on scene for bruises and other markings.

Vrane was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before being transported to the county jail.


Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri