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Man Dead After Alleged Abduction, Police Standoff

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
April 05, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is dead after what Allegheny County police are describing as a standoff following an abduction.

Andre Williams Jr., 20, died this morning in Swissvale after county police said he shot himself in the head with a handgun, said the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, which will perform an autopsy.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a prepared statement that the county homicide unit is investigating and would like to speak to anyone with information about the incident. Investigators may be reached at (412) 473-1300.

Police said the incident began just after 2 a.m. in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood when callers to Allegheny County 9-1-1 reported a violent domestic dispute was in progress in a home there.

Pittsburgh police arrived and determined that a 19-year-old woman and her infant child had been abducted, county police said. Pittsburgh police notified Swissvale police that a Ford Explorer believed to be involved in the incident may have headed to their borough.

Just after 4 a.m., county police said, Swissvale police located the Explorer in the 7000 block of Highland Avenue with three people inside. Officers approached the SUV and attempted to talk to the people inside, county police said.

When the driver of the vehicle would not speak to the officers, or show them his hands, they broke the back window of the SUV. Police said the driver then raised a pistol and shot himself in the head.
The driver was later identified as Williams. He was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m.

County police said that two juveniles may have assisted Williams in the alleged abduction and that one of the youths has been arrested on an existing warrant; the other may yet be charged, police said.

The identification of the abducted woman, and what, if any, relationship she had to Williams, was not released by police.

Originally published April 05, 2017.

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