The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who described himself as the best friend of convicted killer Richard Poplawski.
Edward Richard Perkovic, 26, of Lawrenceville, was wanted for violating probation/parole for a 2012 drug conviction. He was arrested at his grandmother's home in Ross Township Monday afternoon. He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail and is being held without bond.
Mr. Perkovic was also arrested in 2009 after saying he would "shoot any officer that shows up at his house," according to court documents. When police arrived, they found a loaded .45-caliber rifle in a closet.
Days after three Pittsburgh police officers were killed in Stanton Heights on April 4, 2009, Mr. Perkovic spoke publicly about the views of Mr. Poplawski, his lifelong friend who was sentenced to death for the crime in 2011.
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