Police: Man Shot Dead During Apparent Robbery Attempt

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED with additional details from Allegheny County police; age of the deceased has been corrected.


A 33-year-old man was killed Wednesday afternoon in Duquesne in what police described as a failed robbery attempt.

Police said the deceased man, whose name was not released, attempted to rob a jitney driver at gunpoint --- but the jitney driver, 73, turned out to be armed as well, and shot him.

No charges have been filed against the jitney driver.

Allegheny County police Lt. Ken Ruckel said in a prepared statement that investigators would turn over details of the case to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office for a recommendation.

The gun was legally owned by the jitney driver, and he had a valid concealed-carry permit, Ruckel said.

In a prepared statement, Duquesne police said officers were dispatched by 9-1-1 at 3:50 p.m. for reports of a robbery in progress on Line Alley near the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

As they were en route, Duquesne police learned that shots were being fired and two people were injured.

Duquesne police said they found the 33-year-old lying unresponsive in Poplar Alley with a firearm a few feet away, while the jitney driver, whose name also was not released, was bleeding from facial injuries.

Ruckel said investigators determined that the jitney driver picked up the 33-year-old and another man in Duquesne and while they were driving to their destination, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded money, striking the driver in the face with it.

Police said the driver stopped the car and he and the other men got out.

Investigators believe that during the ensuing altercation, the driver raised his own gun and shot the accused robber three times. The other passenger fled, Ruckel said.

The accused robber was pronounced dead at the scene, Allegheny County police said in a prepared statement.

The investigation is continuing, police said, and anyone with information is asked to call the county police tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

Originally published April 03, 2019.

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