MUNHALL (KDKA) – Homicide detectives continue their investigation today after a teenager was shot and killed in Munhall overnight.
The incident happened around midnight on East 8th Avenue near Munn and Ravine Streets.
Officials say that police and paramedics found the teen lying on the street behind a local business.
The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 17-year-old Dwain Heath, Jr., from Munhall. Authorities say Heath suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources tell KDKA-TV that police are investigating the case as a possible justifiable homicide.
According to sources, Heath allegedly tried to rob a young woman when she managed to wrestle the gun that Heath was holding away from him. Several shots were fired, and one hit the Steel Valley High School junior in the chest.
The purported victim was not hurt during the incident and authorities say she is cooperating with police.
The 17-year-old’s father, Dwain Sr., is in disbelief. He admits his son has been in trouble with the law before but says he’s never been involved with a violent crime and can’t believe he had a gun.
KDKA has learned that the case will be turned over to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for formal review. However, all indications from sources inside the investigation say no charges will be filed.
Stay with KDKA for the latest details.