At least three Pittsburgh police officers were killed and possibly two others were wounded after a heavily armed man began firing at them as they responded to a domestic call this morning at a home in Stanton Heights.
The 22-year-old identified as Richard "Pop" Poplawski. who told friends he was wearing a bulletproof vest, surrendered to police about 11 a.m., more than three hours after the standoff began at 1016 Fairfield St. He was taken to UMPMC Presbyterian where his condition was not immediately available, but he told friends who spoke with him by telephone that he had been shot.
The incident began around 7:30 a.m. after officers went to the address and the suspect opened fire, police said.
Police Chief Nathan Harper said four officers initially were wounded when Mr. Poplawski fired an assault rifle. A fifth officer was wounded in a later burst of gunfire, the chief said.
For much of the morning, the standoff forced police to lock down the neighborhood as scores of officers converged on the house, where Mr. Poplawski had barricaded himself with at least one family member.