Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From ThePittsburghChannel.com of October 9, 2007

Man Kicked Out Of Home, Returns With Gun, Is Shot Dead

A young man was wounded by gunfire while he shot and killed an intruder at a home in Pittsburgh’s Homewood area Tuesday morning, according to homicide detectives.

Police officers patrolling the neighborhood said they heard gunshots near the home in the 1500 block of North Murtland Street around 2:40 a.m. (See Map)

They found one man on nearby Lincoln Avenue with a chest wound and a gun in his possession, police said. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in critical condition but later died.

Police identified that man as Ronnell Pittman, 34. No address for Pittman was given.

Pittman had entered the home without being invited and was told to leave, then came back with a gun and started shooting at James Hill, 19, police said.

Hill fired a gun and shot Pittman, who was able to run away but eventually died from his injuries, police said.

Police did not say why Pittman entered the home in the first place. They said he may have gone there by mistake.

Hill, of the Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood, was treated at UPMC Presbyterian for a gunshot wound to the foot.

His uncle said Hill fired the gun to protect his family.

Hill is being held at the Allegheny County Jail on an alleged firearms violation but is not facing any charges for Pittman’s death, police said.

Homicide detectives are still investigating. The District Attorney’s Office is also involved in the case.


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