Cops: Man Kills Burglar, but Also Brother, Roommate

He's been charged with illegally possessing a firearm but not homicide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2015 5:17 PM CST
Cops: Man Kills Burglar, but Also Brother, Roommate
Meiko Devaughn   (Pittsburgh Police Department)

A Pittsburgh man fatally shot an armed robber who broke into his apartment Monday but also accidentally shot and killed his visiting teenage brother and his housemate, a district attorney says. Meiko Devaughn, 22, has been charged with illegally possessing a firearm, drug possession, and receiving stolen property. Devaughn, who police say was in the "drug business," shot at 25-year-old Kadeem Williams after Williams climbed through a window into the apartment Devaughn shared with Akeilah Solomon, says district attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. As the two fired shots at each other, Devaughn also struck Solomon and his 16-year-old brother, Jaimill Kenney, killing them. It's not clear whether Devaughn will face charges for the shootings, Zappala says: "You're entitled to protect yourself."

The county medical examiner determined Solomon was shot once in the head, while Kenney and Williams were shot once each in the chest. Williams, who broke in around 3:20am, managed to run outside before dying. Devaughn was adjudicated delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of a conviction, in 2009 on charges including robbery and aggravated assault. That's why it was illegal for Devaughn to possess the .40-caliber Glock pistol he used, according to a criminal complaint. The gun had been stolen from a neighboring county. Police believe Williams was trying to rob Devaughn because $1,000 worth of marijuana and $14,000 cash were found in the apartment, police say. Zappala says investigators believe at least one other intruder may have been involved. (More Pennsylvania stories.)

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