Public Safety Blotter Articles

Two Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Date: February 3, 2020
Incident Type: Homicide
Location: Zone 4

Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

Pittsburgh Police and EMS responded to a duplex on the 700 block of Baldwin Road for a report of a barricaded male with a possible hostage around 1:40 a.m. Police were alerted to the situation after a male hostage escaped the home and saw officers from Munhall, who then notified Pittsburgh Police.

Officers made contact with a male suspect who refused to exit the home. The SWAT team was called in and Baldwin Road was closed.

Officers gained entry to the home and discovered a deceased female with a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers retreated from the home and again ordered the male suspect outside. When he did not comply, Police shot numerous rounds of gas into the home.

Officers then discovered the male suspect with a gunshot wound to his head inside the home shortly after 5:40 a.m.

Viiolent Crime Unit and Mobile Crime Unit detectives arrived to process the scene. Pittsburgh Fire and EMS also responded. 

The investigation is ongoing. Any updates will be posted to the Blotter.

A family of five, including three children, were safely evacuated from the adjoining unit. The American Red Cross is helping them with temporary shelter.

Baldwin Road is to remain closed for several hours while police investigate.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri