Pittsburgh police: Eruption in 'violent relationship' prompts North Side SWAT standoff

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The man who barricaded himself in a Marshall-Shadeland home early this morning will likely be charged with threatening his girlfriend with a gun and indirect criminal contempt for violating her protection from abuse order, police said.

Zone 1 Cmdr. RaShall Brackney said the domestic dispute began at the couple's home early this morning on Shadeland Avenue, where SWAT responded hours later when Andre Johnson refused to come out.

After the Shadeland Avenue dispute, the woman ran to a neighbor's home across the street.

Mr. Johnson kicked in the door, and the neighbor and the woman ran out the back to a convenience store, where they stayed for a couple of hours, Cmdr. Brackney said.

Then the woman went to her parents' home in the 2400 block of Brighton Road, where Mr. Johnson arrived later, pushed in the door and put a gun to her head, Cmdr. Brackney said.

"It's a volatile relationship, a very violent relationship," Cmdr. Brackney said.

Pittsburgh police duty Cmdr. Kathy Degler said Zone 1 police received the domestic dispute call just after 2:45 a.m.

Mr. Johnson surrendered just after 6:30 a.m. and is in custody, police said.

Cmdr. Brackney said she's counted 10 calls to the Shadeland Avenue home for domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries and protection from abuse violations since September 2011.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.


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