Pittsburgh police get arrest warrant in Homewood shooting after thwarted robbery

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Pittsburgh police obtained a warrant Friday charging a man with robbing a truck parked in Homewood on Wednesday moments before an armed security guard shot him.

The warrant charges Edward Brown, 32, whose address was not available, with robbery and recklessly endangering another person.

Police said armed security guard John Carter, 53, of Verona, and a driver for Triangle Candy & Tobacco Co. parked a truck near Baker's Dairy on Hamilton Avenue about 3:30 p.m.

Mr. Carter, who has not responded to requests for comment, told police he heard footsteps and then saw a man run to the truck and grab a bungee cord connected to a crate that held a bag containing about $1,100.

Police said Mr. Brown tugged on the cord to drag the crate toward him, grabbed the bag of money and ran away.

Police said Mr. Carter chased after Mr. Brown and told them he saw Mr. Brown reach into his waistband. Police, however, said Mr. Brown was unarmed. At the same time, Mr. Carter told police, he thought he heard someone running up behind him.

Police said Mr. Carter raised his .40-caliber gun and fired once at Mr. Brown, striking him in the buttocks and the bullet traveled through his abdomen.

The Allegheny County district attorney's office is reviewing the case to determine whether charges should be filed against Mr. Carter.

Pittsburgh Major Crimes Lt. Kevin Kraus said Mr. Brown initially gave police and medics a wrong name and his family helped them later straighten out his true identity.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published October 4, 2013 12:15 AM


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