Suspect Held For Court in Home Invasion

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport resident faces formal arraignment in Allegheny County Court on March 4 in connection with a suspected home invasion during which she was shot in the leg by the homeowner.

Police said both people have a previous relationship and that the incident stemmed from an earlier argument.

Tanya M. Johnson, 34, was ordered held for court on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault (domestic violence) and making terroristic threats following a preliminary arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. She is currently free on bond.

Also ordered held for court following a hearing at Riazzi's office was the homeowner, Kevin J. Taylor, 59, who was charged by McKeesport police with unlawful possession of a firearm. He also remains free pending formal arraignment.

McKeesport police were dispatched on the night of Jan. 2 to a home in the 1400 block of Pirl Street to a reported break-in during which the homeowner shot at the intruder.

Police arrived and said they found Taylor on the front porch, and the back door of the home kicked away from the frame.

As police were investigating the Pirl Street location, they received another call about a gunshot victim at a home on Grover Street. The victim, identified as Johnson, had been wounded in the right front hip area, police said. She was taken by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service to UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Police said Taylor and Johnson had an argument earlier in the evening, and that Johnson forced her way into the home to confront him. Police said that following a physical altercation between the two, Taylor is accused of firing one shot at Johnson.

Police said that Taylor was concerned that more than one person might have entered his home, and was in fear for his life.

Originally published February 05, 2019.

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