Pittsburgh SWAT team storms Elliott home, safely removes homicide suspect

August 17, 2018
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Pittsburgh Police blocked off at least a block of Steuben Street in the Elliott section of the city Wednesday night Aug. 8, 2018 as a SWAT team tried to get a man holed up in a residence to come outside.

A nearly four-hour SWAT standoff ended peacefully Wednesday night after officers stormed a rowhouse in Pittsburgh’s Elliott neighborhood and found a homicide suspect hiding inside a garbage can in the basement.

Earl Jackson, 32, was arrested and charged with homicide and gun violations in connection with the shooting death of a Pittsburgh man earlier in the day in the city’s Knoxville neighborhood.

“It turned out that he (Jackson) was actually hidden in this basement for a number of hours,” Cmdr. Mike Pilyih said as SWAT vehicles departed Jackson’s home on Steuben Street shortly before midnight. “Then once he was found, he came out peacefully.”

Authorities received a report shortly before 8 p.m. that the car of a suspect in the Knoxville shooting had been spotted in Elliott.

Police blocked off Steuben Street while SWAT officials tried to get the man to exit his home on Steuben Street between Wabash Street and Chartiers Avenue.

“They attempted to hail him out of the house numerous times for several hours,” Pilyih said.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a flash-bang grenade could be heard exploding just outside the residence followed by a police negotiator calling out to the occupant via a loudspeaker.

“We don’t want anybody to get hurt,” the negotiator said. He urged those in the house to come out with their hands up.

No such stun grenades were set off inside the building, Pilyih said.

Two occupants of an apartment adjacent to Jackson’s came out without incident.

About 11:30 p.m., SWAT officers entered the rowhouse and apprehended Jackson.

The fatal shooting happened about 12:50 p.m. near the intersection of Marland Street and Brownsville Road, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Alicia George said.

The victim was identified as Tamon Hatchin, 24, of Pittsburgh, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police found Hatchin shot and lying in the street. He was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m., according to the medical examiner.

The victim was involved in an altercation just before the shooting, investigators said.

It was not clear whether Jackson and Hatchin knew each other.

“We have no knowledge what their connection, if any, is,” Pilyih said Wednesday night.

Officials urged anyone with information to call Pittsburgh detectives at 412-323-7800.

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