Three Officers Shot Dead in Pittsburgh

Two others are wounded in standoff; gunman surrenders
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2009 9:26 AM CDT
Police walk up Fairfield Street in the Stanton Heights area of Pittsburgh.    (AP Photo/John Heller)
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(Newser) – At least three police officers in Pittsburgh were shot to death this morning while responding to a domestic call, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. At least one other was wounded. The gunman, in his early 20s, held police at bay for more than 3 hours before surrendering. He was reportedly shot in the chest and leg. The incident follows the fatal shootings of four officers in Oakland about 2 weeks ago.

The gunman, identified as Richard Poplawski, called a friend before the standoff. "Eddie, I'm going to die today. Tell my mother and friends I love them. This is probably the end." Police have not spelled out any possible motive or the details behind the original domestic call.