Munhall man's fatal shooting of attempted burglar justified, Allegheny County DA says


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A Munhall man will not face charges for killing a former Marine who acted as a lookout during an attempted break-in because his case represents "classic self-defense," Allegheny County's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala described in new detail the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting near 58-year-old John Rozgonyi's home on East Eugene Avenue early Sept. 17.

Mr. Zappala said a neighbor called Mr. Rozgonyi about 3:30 a.m. and said two people appeared to be breaking into the detached garage where he stored his 1977 Ford Mustang.

Fatal shooting of attempted burglar justified

A Munhall man who fatally shot one of two men who attempted to break into his home last week was justified in the shooting, said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. (Video by Nate Guidry; 9/24/2013)

Mr. Rozgonyi left his house and went onto Victor Way, an alley that runs by his fenced-in garage. He he encountered Andrew E. Stevens, a 23-year-old Marine veteran from Munhall, and told him police were on the way.

Mr. Stevens, armed with a handgun, fired at shot and Mr. Rozgonyi returned fire with his pistol, the district attorney said. Each man fired six shots; two struck Mr. Stevens, who died in the alley.

"It has changed this gentleman's life," Mr. Zappala said of Mr. Rozgonyi. "The deceased forced his hand. He wasn't looking for trouble. This is classic self-defense, classic Castle Doctrine."

Mr. Rozgonyi could not be reached for comment.

Another man, Shaun Conroy, 24, of Munhall was arrested for attempting to break into the garage and faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 23.

Mr. Stevens was a Marine warehouse clerk in Afghanistan from July through October 2011, according to Marine files.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published September 24, 2013 4:15 AM


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