Man shot to death after invading Brighton Heights home

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The ex-boyfriend of a Brighton Heights woman was shot and killed when he forced his way into her home early this morning brandishing a gun, according to Pittsburgh police.

A police press release said they were called to a home in the 3400 block of Fleming Avenue around 3:15 a.m. after a man there reported that he had shot another man who had broken into the house.

When police arrived, they found the shooter outside of the residence with his gun placed on the ground as he was instructed to do by dispatchers. Officers then entered the home to find the victim, unresponsive in a first floor hallway.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was identified by the Allegheny County medical examiner's office as Curtis Edmonds, 37, of Pittsburgh. Police recovered a firearm from his right hand.

The police report said Mr. Edmonds kept calling the female who lived at the home, who was identified as his ex-girlfriend, and threatening to come over though she told him not to come. When he arrived he confronted the female in the doorway and forced his way inside by punching the female in the face and attacking her with a firearm, police said.

Mr. Edmonds then went after the current boyfriend, climbing the stairs and pointing a gun at him. The current boyfriend shot his gun, striking Mr. Edmonds in the torso and knocking him to the ground.

The medical examiner's office said the cause of death for Mr. Edmonds was gunshot wounds to the trunk.

The female's two children, ages 15 and 10, were home at the time of the shooting but were unharmed.

The shooter, a 39-year-old man from Penn Hills, has not been identified by police. He was released after police interviewed him, pending an investigation by the Allegheny County district attorney's office. City police also will continue to investigate.

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Mary Niederberger: or 412-263-1590. First Published October 20, 2013 5:09 AM


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