Bethel Park music store owner shoots intruder

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The owner of a Bethel Park music store shot and killed an intruder who had attacked the owner's wife inside their store late this morning.

Bethel Park police Chief John Mackey said Alfred Armen, owner of Armen's House of Music at 5920 Library Road, jumped to his wife's defense as she was being clubbed by a man who, just minutes earlier, had entered the store to browse.

The man stayed in the store for two or three minutes, went outside to his car, and came back in with some type of wooden club, Chief Mackey said.

Raw video: Bethel Park police chief describes music store shooting

Bethel Park police Chief John Mackey discusses the shooting at Armen's House of Music at 5920 Library Road. (Video by Bill Toland; 4/27/2013)

He attacked Sylvia Armen, clubbing her on the head, and Mr. Armen came to her defense, the chief said.

The man then attacked him with the club, and Mr. Armen pulled a revolver and shot him dead, Chief Mackey said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives were assisting Bethel Park police with the investigation.

Chief Mackey said the Armens were being treated at UPMC Mercy Hospital for injuries they received in the attack.

The chief said robbery appeared not to be the motive in the attacks. He said he didn't know whether the Armens knew the man, described only as white and in his early 30s.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office removed the body from the store about 4 p.m.

The store sells instruments and offers music lessons, according to its Facebook page.

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Bill Toland: btoland@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2625.


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