Officials confirm standoff suicide victim was detective

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The Allegheny County medical examiner's office today confirmed that a man who took his life during a standoff Saturday night with police in Mt. Lebanon was a homicide detective for the county.

Allegheny County homicide detective Lawrence Carpico, 49, died at 10:17 p.m. Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office said. Detective Carpico died nearly four hours after county dispatchers received a 911 call from a family member who said a man at a home on Adeline Avenue in Mt. Lebanon was suicidal.

Mt. Lebanon police, as well as officers from the South Hills Area Council of Governments Criticial Incident Response Team, responded to the scene.

Throughout the evening, negotiators had on-and-off contact with the detective, but when he stopped responding after 10 p.m., officers entered the home and found him dead in a second-floor bedroom.

A longtime homicide detective for the county, Detective Carpico was the person who stumbled upon a teenage boy attacking his ex-girlfriend with a hammer in Oct. 2007 near the Port Authority Light Rail Transit lines.

He scared off the attacker and the boy fled, throwing himself in front of a subway train.


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