This apartment building at 23 Merritt Ave. in Carrick was the scene of a fatal home invasion early this morning. Police said two intruders broke into the first-floor apartment in the left corner of the building.
By Michael Majchrowicz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two men were shot by a Carrick resident early Tuesday morning when they allegedly attempted to rob an apartment.
The circumstances around the home invasion that left one of the alleged intruders, David Calhoun, 31, dead and the other, Christopher A. Thomas, 27, seriously wounded are still being investigated, public safety spokesperson Sonya Toler said.
Pittsburgh police received a 911 call at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday that two men had been shot after they forced their way into an apartment. Ms. Toler said a 19-year-old man and his 17-year-old girlfriend were in the apartment during the attempted robbery.
When the two men fired a weapon through the apartment door and entered the residence, they pushed the 19-year-old into the bedroom where he kept a shotgun, she said.
The 19-year-old fired three shots, hitting both of the men.
Ms. Toler said he would be arrested upon recovery, but because of the ongoing nature of the case, those charges have yet to be determined.
Legislation known as the “castle doctrine” says that residents may use deadly force to defend their homes against an intruder. Although the investigation is ongoing, the 19-year-old has not been charged.