East Pittsburgh police search for former homicide defendant in recent fight

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East Pittsburgh police are searching for a man acquitted a year ago on a homicide charge who they call "armed and dangerous" after he led officers on a following a spat this morning at his girlfriend's house.

Leroy Irvin Jr., 26, of East Pittsburgh, was found not guilty of criminal homicide in December 2011 when he went to trial on charges that he killed 17-year-old Chandler Thompson, of Wilkinsburg, on Oct. 8, 2006.

But investigators from the Allegheny County district attorney's office "still believe he was responsible for that killing" and that he escaped conviction because witnesses changed their stories on the stand, DA's office spokesman Mike Manko said today.

The new charges against Mr. Irvin stem from an incident that began when someone at his girlfriend's house on Bessemer Street called 911 about 1 a.m. and told the call-taker Mr. Irvin had a gun.

When police arrived, Mr. Irvin jumped out a window, hopped in his car and drove toward North Braddock, where officers lost sight of him, East Pittsburgh police said.

Court records show Mr. Irvin is wanted on charges of burglary, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child, multiple traffic violations and other offenses.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @liznavratil.


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