Police: Dormont Shop Owner Shot Robbery Suspect

DORMONT (KDKA) — Detectives from Allegheny County and the Dormont Police Department are investigating after a man was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt.

According to county dispatchers, the shooting happened shortly before 11a.m. in an alleyway near the 2900-block of West Liberty Avenue.

Police say a 39-year-old man walked into Bill’s Auto Parts armed with a gun and stun gun, ordered the shop owner, Bill Miller, and a delivery driver to the floor, and demanded money.

“The actor entered the garage, had two victims at gunpoint, put them on their knees,” said Asst. Supt. Jim Morton, of the Allegheny County Police.

Police say the owner of the business pulled a gun from his pocket and fired one shot at the robbery suspect, hitting him in the chest.

The suspect stumbled out the back door and died a short time later.

Police have not released the name of the man.

The D.A. is investigating whether any charges will be filed.

The D.A.’s office says this is the third incident in the last week in Allegheny County, where the intended victim of a crime has fought back against his or her attacker.

  • David

    Better tried by 12 than carried by 6. This store owner should get a medal.

    • Deana

      Well said, David. For the love of God, charges??? The only one who should have charges pressed is the dead man. This country had better wake up, and so should the defense attorney that would be dumb enough to take this case. Please let this be the time I get called for jury duty. It would be my pleasure.

  • Russ

    Yeaaa good guys!!!!!

  • Big Dan

    Another dead idiot. Yeah for the owners and employees.

  • waff

    One more criminal off the streets. +1 for the good guys! Let’s hope the idiots running the Allegheny County court system don’t give the store owner who defended his life a hard time… although it is Allegheny County. May God be with you.

  • jeff donatelli

    God bless this store owner.
    if more people defended themselves the crime rate would PLUMIT.

    great job my friend, you are a hero

    • t'mara

      plummet, i think you mean.

      if more people had guns is what i also think you mean…if more people had guns there would be even more accidental shootings. read some of the latest headlines for tragic examples.

  • Bill Salerno

    I have known Bill “gomer” since I was a kid that’s one place you should not try to rob.
    Well I hope this teaches a lesson to all. Since dormont,beechview,and Brookline are all going down hill. Maybe people wiill think twice this christmas seson about robbing people.

  • whatgoesaround

    thats’s what people get. This is a new day… people are defending themselves. but idiots still think they can get away with robbing. hope u got a nice seat in hell buddy.

  • Paul

    Another one bite the dust.
    When will they ever learn. We will not be victims to punks with guns.

  • Harry

    I would love to be on that jury.
    too bad Rendell did not sign that gun law.
    This poor man will probably need alawyer and that is rendells fault.

    please let this law abiding citizen walk free today.

  • Jeff

    I LOVE it. That is one loser that wont be sucking up taxpayers money by sitting in jail. GOOD JOB i hope more people start standing up to the lowlifes of society.

  • kevin

    i have known this man (Bill) for over 20 years, he is the last person you would want to mess with. he is a local hero to all one more for the good guys.

  • expittsburgh

    What a happy ending! Hopefully no charges are filed.

  • Michelle

    reminds me of my father in law who pistol whipped a robber inside a Moon Township adult store back in the 90’s!

    • Eric


  • sannies

    “D.A. is investigating whether any charges will be filed.”
    Are they nuts? If there was no crime being committed, there would have been no death. I’m only glad the innocent man was not hurt. How dare anyone charge a person defending their life’s blood!

    • cjb

      No charges will be filed…This story is old news.

  • scott

    Thumbs up

  • Jack

    I’m puzzled by the comments which invoke God’s name after one of His less fortune children was killed. I defend the right of the owner to protect his life and property, but, tragic events like this are not the time to gloat and cheer because a peron loss his life. The labling as punk, loser, low life ……………. who are these people to judge another………… now that’s God’s duty. Instead, pray for Bill, who apparently is a good guy that he doesn’t suffer from remorse for killing another. Pray for the perpetrator soul and forgiveness.

    • E

      I casually knew Westbrook..he was not one of goids less fortunate children. He was healthy, reasonably inteligent, and employable..Times are tough right now. he made a decision to turn to violence, and crime..This was his fault, that decision only leads to Prison, or the grave.

  • Joe

    You can’t pray for a person’t soul after their dead.

    How do you know Bill doesn’t suffer from remorse?

    It doesn’t take judging to know someone trying to rob another person or business is a low-life.

  • Mary

    This reminds me of the time my uncle shot a guy in the leg after the guy refused to pay some of the girls my uncle was pimping.

  • Jack

    Bill had every right to protect himself, but I wonder about the people who are giddy at the death of the perp. He has family that are now mourning his loss, he is dead, it is the survivors who suffer.

  • Bea

    The three victims who fought back this week did more to deter crime than the police have. Do you think criminals aren’t saying to themselves, gee this could be me next time.

  • Tim Stevens

    I don’t care what color the perp was he got what he deserved.

  • Uncle Sam

    One less hand out of our pockets!

  • tax payer

    Bill saved the tax payers alot of money but it only cost him 25 cents

  • Anvil

    I’d rather see a criminal die at the hands of a person defending themselves with a legally-owned gun, than an innocent person die from an illegally-owned weapon.

  • jcb

    Good for Bill!!! All i have to say of the matter is One Less!!!!

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