McKeesport man jailed on homicide charge

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A McKeesport man accused in December of fatally shooting a man several times in the back is in the Allegheny County Jail this morning.

Allegheny County police obtained a warrant charging Dashawn Reid, 23, with criminal homicide Dec. 12 in the shooting of Jesse Thornton six days earlier.

Mr. Thornton died of his wounds Dec. 11.

County police homicide unit Lt. Andrew Schurman said Mr. Reid was arrested without incident Friday night in Castle Shannon.

According to a criminal complaint, a witness heard Mr. Thornton arguing with a man named Kwame Reid in a hallway at the Hi-View Apartments complex on Sixth Street in McKeesport just before 11 p.m.

The argument escalated into a fight, according to the complaint, and an apartment door opened behind Mr. Thornton.

In the doorway stood Dashawn Reid with a black handgun, according to the complaint. The witness told investigators Mr. Reid was a familiar face -- they had known one another for 10 or 12 years.

Mr. Reid raised the gun and fired "multiple times" into Mr. Thornton's back, according to the complaint.

Both Reids went inside the apartment and closed the door, coming out a little while later and running off -- Dashawn Reid still holding the gun, according to the complaint.

Police found four spent 9mm shell casings and two bullets in the hallway.

The witness picked Dashawn Reid out of a group of photos -- photo No. 8 -- according to the complaint.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to online Allegheny County court records.

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Jacob Quinn Sanders: jsanders@post-gazette.com


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