Pittsburgh SWAT officers subdue Larimer man after girlfriend calls 911

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The Pittsburgh police SWAT team fired 40mm sponge rounds into a man's abdomen after negotiations failed when officers and constables tried to serve an arrest warrant this morning in Larimer.

Timothy Binion, 23, was armed with a 9mm pistol in his home at 160 Auburn St., according to a criminal complaint, and refused to leave. Because he pleaded guilty to felony burglary in 209, he is legally barred from having guns.

His girlfriend, Jewel Bailey, called 911 about 2:30 a.m., according to the complaint.

SWAT officers used tear gas, pepper spray and the sponge rounds to subdue Binion about 6 a.m. A sponge round is fired from a grenade launcher and used to debilitate a suspect without causing severe injury.

After a medical check, Binion was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.


Kelton Brooks: kbrooks@post-gazette.com.


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