Mount Lebanon, PA – A Dormont police officer was shot in the chest early Thursday morning while responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had murdered his parents and wanted to turn himself in.
The call to Mt. Lebanon police came in at approximately 12:18 a.m. on July 29, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The suspect, a 25-year-old man, told the 911 dispatcher that he had gotten into a fight with his parents at their home located in the 200-block of Gilkeson Road.
He said his parents were dead inside the residence and that he wanted to turn himself in, according to police.
Police later said the suspect shot and killed his mother and father, KDKA reported.
Their identities have not been released.
When officers with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department (MLPD) and the Dormont Police Department (DPD) responded to the scene and began talking to the suspect, he opened fire on them, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
A DPD officer was shot in the chest, and a MLPD officer suffered unspecified injuries during the shootout with the gunman, according to KDKA.
The suspect was able to jump into a vehicle during the melee and sped off down Route 19, leading officers on a chase.
He ultimately crashed near McLaughlin Run Road in Upper St. Clair, flipping the vehicle onto its roof, KDKA reported.
— Bryant Reed (@Reed_Reports) July 29, 2021
Police found the gunman dead inside the overturned vehicle and noticed he had a gunshot wound, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Police have not confirmed is exact cause of death, but said the bullet that wounded the suspect was not fired by any of the officers.
Investigators said they had dealt with the suspect in the past, KDKA reported.
The DPD officer who was shot in the chest was wearing a ballistic vest and is expected to survive, according to police.
The MLPD officer who was injured during the shootout was treated and released at a local hospital, KDKA reported.
The Allegheny County Police Department (ACPD) is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.
#BREAKING THIS MORNING: 25-year-old Mt Lebanon man calls 911 on himself after shooting & killing his parents. Shootout with police follows. 1 officer hit with gunfire, another injured. Suspect crashed car and died at 19 & McLaughlin Run Rd. Live reports on @WPXI moments away. pic.twitter.com/diagzh3aZ6
— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) July 29, 2021
Here is more information about today's incident: pic.twitter.com/cgKs41ZJtM
— Mt. Lebanon Police (@MtLebanonPolice) July 29, 2021
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