A Churchill man who was tearing down an abandoned house on Jenny Lind Street has been charged by McKeesport police with firearms violations.
Davon Parms, 45, faces a preliminary hearing Monday before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr. in McKeesport on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
He is currently free on his own recognizance.
McKeesport police said Parms was part of a crew from Jadell Minniefield Construction Co. of Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood that was tearing down a house in the 1500 block of Jenny Lind Street on the afternoon of May 30.
Police said another employee on the same crew heard a gun shot and told officers that he turned in time to see Parms pointing a handgun in his direction.
According to a report, the employee told McKeesport police that Parms put away the handgun and said he was "firing a round at an abandoned house."
The employee told McKeesport police that he was concerned because school buses were in the neighborhood, and also worried about his own safety. The incident also alarmed neighbors who came outside to see what had happened, the employee told police.
Odell Minniefield Jr., one of the owners of Minniefield Construction, said Thursday the company was not aware of the incident or that charges had been filed, but said he would be following up with McKeesport police.
Minniefield last year was awarded contracts to tear down nearly 200 abandoned houses in McKeesport. City officials have praised the company for its responsiveness and the quality of its work.
Originally published June 20, 2019.