Officers fatally shoot armed man in Lower Burrell domestic incident


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Lower Burrell, Pa. – An armed suspect is dead in Lower Burrell after police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Violet Drive at approximately 9:33 pm Thursday evening.

Lower Burrell Police Chief Tim Weitzel said officers were advised on their way to the incident that the domestic was violent in nature and that the male in the residence had assaulted the female; had a minor child inside and was not letting them leave the residence. The suspect had armed himself with a pistol and had racked the pistol. Officers arrived and approached the house as the male emerged from the house and made contact with the officers in the front yard of the residence.

Subsequent to that contact, Chief Weitzel also said there was an officer involved shooting where one of his officers shot and killed the suspect. Medical aid was provided to the suspect and the scene was secured. Lower Burrell Police supervisory was contacted to respond to the scene and called the Westmoreland County District Attorney, the county coroner, R&I and Westmoreland County Detectives.

Cheif Weitzel said multiple officers responded to the incident from multiple agencies. There were no injuries to any officers. The male was reported to be in his 30’s and the male suspect’s wife was provided medical aid.

The identify of the male was not made available by police.

At the scene: Multiple police officers were seen with guns drawn as the tension of the incident continued for more than an hour along Arizona Drive near Violet Drive. The area near the incident was secured with police tape as residents stood in their front yards unsure of the heavy police presence, police units, coroner vehicles and ambulances parked in their neighborhood. Traffic was heavy in the area as many residents were trying to get back to their homes with limited availability to their streets. At least 3 county detectives arrived on scene along with Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck. 3 county coroner vehicles also arrived on scene and proceeded to Violet Avenue where authorities began their investigations.

New Kensington Detective Sam Long and Officer Seth Hosack tended to the arrival of Hoffman Animal Control to remove a dog from the scene.

Responding Police Departments: New Kensington, Tarentum, Harrison Township, Upper Burrell and Arnold. Lower Burell Fire Department also assisted at the scene with traffic control. Kiski Area EMS, Lower Burrell EMS and New Kensington EMS also assisted.

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