Munhall Shooting Under Investigation

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.


One Comment

  1. bigJERM1212 says:

    Everyday my wife and I check the news and this is all we see, another innocent person from the hood gunned down in the streets…when will it stop?

    1. ZAK says:

      It will stop once they have all killed each other, and all thats left is the law abiding citizens.

    2. JA says:

      innocent?! He tried to rob a woman at gun point and you still think he was innocent?! If anything she’s the innocent one and god bless her for having the strength and the courage to defend herself!!

    3. steve says:

      Innocent? Are you for real? Sounds like you are part of the problem too!

      Good for the punk and congrats for the female who hit her target!

      1. tellnitlikeitis says:

        Fyi: bigjerm commented on this story before the story was updated. The original story said nothing about a robbery. Give him a break. He doesn’t sound like a problem he sounds like someone who hates to read stories like this regardless of who it happened to and where it happened at.. much like myself. Maybe the ones with the “kill em all” mentality are the problem.

    4. ecneff says:

      Oh yeah? Ask anyone from Mt. Lebanon, St. Clair or Bethel Park if they think that’s the hood. Anywhere I wouldn’t let my wife drive alone at night is “the hood.”

    5. tellnitlikeitis says:

      Lol.. most people in those communities are scared of or don’t like black people anyway. So of course munhall is “the hood”. And I wouldn’t let my wife drive thru those neighborhoods you mentioned either out of fear she’ll be verbally attacked with racial comments. We all know that’s not uncommon. To each his own.

    6. ecneff says:

      That’s laughable. I don’t define “the hood” by skin color. I define it by the prevalence of crime. And by that definition, Munhall is the hood. Class envy, a victim mentality and stereotypes that have been stuffed down your throat are clouding your ability to reason.

    7. tellnitlikeitis says:

      @ ecneff.. ok i guess ive been brainwashed by the black panthers or something. go figure. ok.. ill do as you say and ill ask the good people of mt lebo, bethel park and st claire if they think munhall is “the hood”. just for the heck of it ill stop out robinson then sewickly to get their opinion also. lol come on man.. thats like going to the mercedez benz dealership asking what they think of a ford focus. why not ask people from munhall if munhall is “the hood”??

    8. Jim says:

      Getting shot while doing a armed robbery does not make you an innocent victim. What kind of twisted logic is that? As far as I’m concerned, he got what he deserved. I just thank god that the 20 yr. old girl that he tried to rob is alright.

    9. ecneff says:

      Interesting, but fallible thought process there. You’re just being silly now. When a person can’t defend their position with facts and reason, the simplest reaction is to deflect and accuse. Sorry, you’re just not going to win this one. Merry Christmas!

    10. tellinitlikeitis says:

      @ecenuff.. you seem to be a smart person (grammar-wise atleast). But I’m scratching my head as to why you cannot see the lopsidedness in that survey.

  2. Daniel says:

    It will stop when we realize that taking money and benefits away from our police departments results in the increase in crime that we are seeing.

  3. Ray says:

    I say it was pretty good shooting. God Bless her.

    1. Gerald says:

      You said it Ray. I hope all these wanna be gangster tough guys see this and realize when they decide to commit a crime and victimize the public, that there is a very real possibility that they may become victims themselves.

  4. How 'bout That says:

    What do you know? A little punk with a big gun — sounds like he got EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVED. Oh well. You go, girl.

  5. whatgoesaround says:

    i live right up the hill. it’s a shame these neighborhoods are going to H3LL. kid got what he deserved if he tried to rob her. maybe people won’t underestimate females no more.

  6. Nellie Lynch says:

    God bless the woman. Great shot on her part. My husband & I both carry LEGALLY & I’m a better shot than him.

  7. tellinitlikeitis says:

    Welfare huh.. Americans payment plan for 400 yrs of unpaid/forced labor, kidnapping, murder and rape. Looking for someone to blame? Start with your ansestors.

    1. Skyfire says:

      Depending on which side of the family you look at, my ancestors either had their lands stolen by Europeans, or arrived around the turn of the century and got worked to death in the mills, so yeah.

    2. gobacktoafricaifitssobadhere says:

      it’s spelled ancestors. and for a race of people who were supposedly worked to death you guys sure take your time crossing the street while cars are waiting….must’ve been all that “work” huh? btw, blame your own people slavery….they were the ones who SOLD you for white people didn’t come over there and kidnap you guys…but it’s easier to play the race card, isn’t it?

      1. tellnitlikeitis says:

        That’s true.. the white people back then were only responding to the craigslist ad Africans posted for cheap slavery. My fault lol

      2. Sue says:

        Kelly, I think you better check your “facts”. Maybe read a book or two. Dutch slavetraders brought the first African slaves to America.

      3. Sue says:

        There wouldn’t have been anyone to sell those people to if it weren’t for the greed of the whites who were too lazy to do their own work. You are unbelievably ignorant. And no, I’m not black.

    3. Kelly says:

      Why should we have to pay for the sins of our fathers? I have been robbed, assaulted and threatened by black people and they don’t pay me. Where is my justice?

  8. steve says:


  9. Robee says:

    I am saddened by the comments I’ve read. How does your eye for an eye approach or evil thoughts any different then those that you call disposable? My God, forgive them for they know not what they do. It’s terrible to think that innocent people have to deal with the criminals as well as people like you. My brother was brutally murdered & my gut instinct was to forgive. Where’s your faith? “Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord!”

  10. Dee says:

    It is a shame that we all relish in the fact that this happened in a certain neighborhood. I am happy in the fact that she was able to defend herself but once again another teen has lost his life. It does not matter what city or color u are but what is failing the system is these teens have no mentors to guide them and all of us should be ashamed of that. I hope he rests in peace and she recovers from this horrible incident. It could happen to anyone!!!!

    1. Jim says:

      Why should I be ashamed? How about the parents taking responsibility for their kids actions. They are supposed to be the mentor. As the father said, he was in trouble before yet he was out late on a school night with a gun. Sounds like the family dropped the ball not me!

  11. tellinitlikeitis says:

    Lmao.. ill see what I can do to get black people to cross the street faster. anything else? by the way I’m not from Africa and never been there. I’m from Virginia.. and I do go back to where I came from every month.. friggin idiot lol

  12. Jim says:

    I don’t know how race got to be the subject. It has nothing to do with race. The kid threatened someones life and paid the price for it. Enough said.

    1. tellnitlikeitis says:

      It’s always about race jim.. I’m sick of reading ignorant comments about black people when a few black men do something wrong. People love to classify a whole race off just a few bad apples. There’s millions of black people who do work and abide by the myself but as soon as something like this occur it supposedly speaks for the whole race I guess. Who knows.

  13. James says:

    You know you people make me sick………R.I.P Lil Dwain..Love you cuz…No matter what the situation nobody deserves to die. You can’t come back from death. It’s a shame some of the comments..He got what he deserved etc…If that was your family memeber etc you wouldn’t feel that way..But you will have to mourn one day, and when that day comes I hope whoever it is your mom, kids, etc deserves to die…

    1. Kelly says:

      I mourned my mom ins 2008. I mourned my dad in 2002. Neither of them died by attempting to rob someone else.

      Some people die innocently, but some in fact do not. Did he deserve it? No. But did he assume the risk of being hurt when he attempted to harm another person? i would have to say yes. If he would have left her alone, he would be alive.

  14. Sue says:

    I am embarrassed to be white right now with all you racists idiots out there making the rest of us look bad.

  15. James says:

    Wow…Really racist…You will pay for your comments one day…Dirtbag family..You know none of his background or anything he has been through. He made a costly mistake but no one deserves to die.

  16. Sue says:

    I am white, but not red neck, white trash like you, whiskey6.

  17. Niles says:

    R.I.P To my Friend Dwain heath jr the weird thing is i was on the phone with him yesterday we went to school together and everything he’s not this type of person unless he was high but dwain ill always love you/ you were a brother to me R.i.P again you will be missed

  18. Ken says:

    Did anybody ever here of sin? If not for Christ where would you be? This is sad that the girl had to kill a human being. She will have to live with that for the rest of her life (self defense or not). And the young man is dead with no chance to turn his life around. All this politic and history of slavery talk is childish. Weep with those who weep and stop trying to one up each other . Pray for the families of all involved and for everybody you know.

  19. tellnitlikeitis says:

    BREAKING NEWS: the boy was a runner for some local drug dealer. he was to meet this particular young lady to complete a drug transaction. instead the boy tried to rob her. the boy had just gotten the gun via trade for his xbox 360 not even a week before this incident. 100 percent true info.

  20. Sue says:

    I am leaving this pointless conversation since it is obvious the only ones still participating are uneducated racists but before I go, I do have one suggestion for you all–you should introduce yourselves so you will already know each other when you get to hell.

    1. So Hurt says:

      I am very sad about this horrific crime both ways. I had the privledge of knowing that young man and he was a great kid just troubled. No one knows his history for the short amount of time he walked this earth. Don’t be so quick too judge. I pray for the young lady and pray she gets the counseling she will need for having too take a life. Rest in peace Dwain, I’ll see you again one day. Your heart was too heavy too go on.

  21. Sue says:

    @So Hurt

    I’m afraid you may have misunderstood my comments since the ones that prompted my replies have been removed. I have been attacked repeatedly simply because I choose not to judge people by the color of their skin.

    1. So Hurt says:

      I understood u Sue and my comment had nothing too do with your replies. I appreciate people like you in the world. Because of people like you, this crazy world has hope. Keep being who you are and never compromise for anyone.

      1. Sue says:

        @So Hurt

        Sorry, but when I got the email with your comment it said it was in response to mine. I guess I’m a little sensitive right now. Thanks for your kind words.

  22. nichole says:

    Oh prejudice people…please remember that there are still shots always fired in the burbs! The only difference is that its some high and deranged cheating, broke-because-we-live-beyond-our-means husband who decides that the whole family should die because his lies are exposed!

  23. ifyouonlyknew says:

    now i want to clearify a few things on here…..HE was my step-son, and none of you all knew him. This was not him, never in a million years. He was not alone and i believe she knew him. Also i know in my heart this was a set up. He made a very bad decision but he was not a violent child. So for all of you low lifes on here that say he got what he deserved, GOD will make sure you pay for that…he was a child, a child of GOD.

    If anyone has any info on this incident, please contact myself or his father.

    thank you.

    Mrs. Heath

  24. dan says:

    Its only a shame she couldn’t have castrated the people who raised this kid after she shot him. They are also to blame!

  25. Dan says:


  26. susan says:

    This is not a issue of race its a issue of right and wrong. Race plays no factor in right or wrong. This kid tried to rob someone and got shot. Good for him, but bad for her. Under the current laws she must try to escape the situation before shooting. I don’t agree with it but its the law!

  27. Samuel Klingensmith says:

    First of all this is not a issue of race its a issue of right and wrong. Race plays no factor in right or wrong. This kid tried to rob someone and got shot. Good for him, but bad for her. Under the current laws she must try to escape the situation before shooting. I don’t agree with it but its the law!

  28. Ross Richter says:

    rest in peace man you were the best room mate i ever had

  29. Ross Richter says:

    rest in peace dwayne you were the best room mate i ever had

  30. Jasmine Mudd says:

    Dwain i love you to the max and i cant believe this has happened to you. Rest in peace, i will always remember our memories and our first kiss. You made me so happy and i cant believe i wont be able to see you again it really sucks and i cried all day when i found out. I will never forget you , For the people who dont know you , they need not judge you because i knew someone who was nice sweet cute and one of the first people to talk to me when i came to RICA. So Dwain i love you so much and trust me you will be missed ^__^

  31. brianna says:

    i am very upset that i hear that my friend was shot. Now i can’t see him every again. but i can feel him in my sprit.

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  33. Jasmine says:

    first of all i want to say RIP DWAIN HEATH. i didnt even know he was shot and killed until the beginning of June 2011 when i searched for him on facebook and found a group page named RIP DWAIN HEATH JR. i went into shock. i wasnt on the scene to witness what happened but there is two sides to every story and the negative comments that yall are making on here is disrespectful to him and his family. just because the girl was the victim doesnt mean what she did was right. i love Dwain not only as my friend but my ex boyfriend also and i do know that he would never just try to rob someone for no reason, therefore she’s not innocent and she has a part to play in this too.. no one deserves to be talked badly about when they make mistakes. all these racist comments is uncalled for. while yall are being negative god is watching and hearing every thing thats being said.. so watch what you say. i love you Dwain and i hope to see you in heaven some day. im praying for your family. I love you… RIP ;(

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