The owner of a Bridgeville home that was surrounded by police and firefighters early this morning has been found dead in what authorities described as an elaborate suicide.
Police were called to the home of Charles Krohn, 61, of New York Street, about 8:30 am after his wife called 911, acting on a note she had discovered on a bathroom door, Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said.
When officers went inside the house and toward the bathroom, they found more notes, one of which "warned of possible explosion if the lights were turned on in the bathroom," the chief said.
That prompted the response of other agencies, including the Allegheny County fire marshal and the county police bomb squad, which used a robot to determine whether there were dangerous gasses in the house.
About 10 homes nearby were evacuated as a precaution, Chief King said. When the robot detected no explosive gasses, authorities went back into the house and discovered Mr. Krohn dead in a shower near a charcoal grill. Police said it had emitted carbon monoxide, killing him.
The medical examiner pronounced him dead at 11:17 am. Mr. Krohn's wife is safe and with neighbors, Chief king said.
Bridgeville officers on Sept. 12 assisted the FBI with a search of Mr. Krohn's house for reasons the chief would not disclose. They committed him to St. Clair Hospital after that because they found "preparations made in the garage to harm himself."
FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba would not say whether federal authorities had been investigating Mr. Krohn, but said that agents "had been in the area the past couple of weeks."
She said they were assisting Bridgeville police with an investigation that was "more of a local case."
Sadie Gurman: email@example.com or 412-263-1878. First Published September 25, 2012 3:30 PM