Police, SWAT Team Surround Home In Sheraden

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One person was arrested this morning after police and the SWAT team surrounded a home in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood.

Neighbors say authorities tossed tear gas inside the home on Christy Street around 7 a.m.

“The SWAT trucks, they pulled up,” said Mary Rickerd, a neighbor. “They did a raid on the next door neighbor’s house. This is absolutely frightening.”

Four men were spotted being brought out of the house in handcuffs.

“They were shooting tear gas into the back and front of the house,” Rickerd said. “They shot six shots into the front of the house and four into the back of the house.”

Pittsburgh police and the Allegheny County SWAT team were called in to assist Findley Township. They were looking for a suspect who burglarized a house Wednesday afternoon on Country Hollow Road in Findley Township.

Findley Township police chief says some stolen items were found inside the Sheraden house, along with drugs. The stolen items included 14 weapons, rare coins, cash and jewelry.

“Two days ago, I watched them carrying in stuff into the house in blankets and rugs and stuff. They were laughing and joking,” Rickerd said. “I was like, ‘Hey, it looks like you guys have a dead body.’ They were like, ‘No, we’re just hauling in stuff for Super Bowl Sunday.’”

Officials say the person they were looking for was not inside the home.

One of the four people in handcuffs was arrested and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

He is facing a drug possession charge because the house was leased in his name. The other three were released.

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  1. Greg says:

    So, they shot 10 cans of tear gas in to the building and were only able to arrest one person and it wasn’t even the right person? I’m not being negative I just feel that may be a bit of over kill… Forgive me though, I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert on this stuff…

    1. jj says:

      Obviously their no experts either, ha ha ha.
      They had him… BUT THEY LET HIM GO!!

  2. Janice says:

    …it states that 14 weapons had been stolen and were assumed to be in that home…and you’re saying ten cans of tear gas was “over kill”? It was clearly an effort to disorient the people inside so they were less capable of possibly using any of those weapons.
    Also, it’s impossible to know who is in the house until you’re inside. I’m sure the authorities are just as disappointed the guy they were searching for was not home.

    I appreciate that you admit you are not an expert and are not being offensively critical by simply stating your concerns and opinions. I just wanted to comment on those points for your consideration.

    1. Greg says:

      Janice,

      I guess I forgot to consider quite a bit before posting my comment. Thanks for not being rude as, in considering all of what the article said, my comment was kind of brash. I did read the whole article but in only half focus so I guess my brain neglected those pieces you pointed out.

      Thanks🙂

    2. jj says:

      Not home how about doesn’t live their and the authorities released him from custody.

  3. jaybronie says:

    why didn’t the city tear down that house?

    1. dar says:

      because it is owned and rented out .

  4. jose says:

    The should of tickled them and got the info they needed

    1. jo jo shhhhhhh says:

      that might fall under creul and unusual punishment…

  5. Anonymous says:

    50 cops, all that tear gas, and no picture of the suspect? according to an inside source, one of the three released was the prime suspect in the burglary in which the search warrant was obtained for. I would like to know who was in charge of this investigation. Shouldn’t police procedure at least include a photo of the named suspect and properly identifying all persons at the scene. Local police are fully aware of their huge mistake and have already contacted robbery victims to apologize. How come this isn’t all over the news…. Probably because the media only tells you what they want you to hear.

  6. william s says:

    i know all the people that were in that house personally. and none of them would hurt a fly , even the suspect they were lookin for.. the police know these people personally to from arresting them for non violent crimes.. they didnt need to shoot all that tear gas and concussion grenades in the house.. maybe if they worried more about their suspect and less about gas in everyone then they would’ve realized that they already had the person they were lookin for.. it was overkill for sure. and the cops didnt find any of the stolen weapons in that house. and its not all over the news because its an ongoing investigation.. put it on the news and it might help the suspect to get away.. you dont think the suspect is watchin tv.. dont be dumb anonymous.

    1. anonymous says:

      dont think puttin it on the news would help him get away if they had a photo they would HAVE GOT HIM THE FIRST TIME I WAS ONLY SPEAKING TO THE STUPIDITY OF THE COPS and BLINDNESS OF THE MEDIA.

    2. anonymous says:

      dude the police is dumb for that one but eddie should have went to jail stupid dope heads gotta steal all that from ur grandparents its just pathetic

  7. ANONYMOUS says:

    IT WASNT OVERKILL AT ALL … SEARCHING FOR A CONVICTED FELON, WHO “POSSIBLY” IN POSSESSION OF STOLEN GUNS….. IT WAS FOR THE OFFICERS AND SURROUNDING FAMILIES PROTECTION…. WHAT IF THERE TURNED OUT TO BE A GUN FIGHT AND A STRAY BULLET WENT THROUGH A HOME AND KILLED A INNOCENT PERSON OR A CHILD ! THEN WHAT !!?? THEY AVOIDED THAT SITUATION BY DOING WHAT THEY DID AND IT WAS THE RIGHT THING / WAY TO DO IT……… THIS ALL COULD OF BEEN VERY WELL AVOIDED IF THE PERSON OR PERSONS GUILTY OF THE CRIME HAD A BRAIN IN THEIR HEAD AND DIDNT COMMIT THE CRIME IN THE FIRST PLACE……. NOW THERE ARE STOLEN GUNS ON THE STREET PROBABLY SOLD TO SOME RANDOM CRACK HEAD OR DIRT BAG AND WHAT IF SOMEONE GETS KILLED BY ONE NOW ???? I HOPE THEY GET EVERYONE THAT IS INVOLVED AND THEY THROW THE BOOK AT THEM !!!! MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF THEM…… DONT DO THE CRIME IF YOU CANT DO THE TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. william j. s says:

    i am part of the surrounding family.. and im not worried about getting hurt because i know the suspect has never been convicted of a violent crime.. ive known him for over 20 years.. im not saying that they shouldnt convict him and make him serve time either.. he did a crime and will pay for it. and i hope the victims get all their stuff back. but you people that dont no n e thing about the raid should quit running your mouth.. i talked to one of the people that got taken out in cuffs , and it was overkill.. when the swat team got there everybody in the house was asleep and they knew it.. and even after everybody was out of the house they shot alot more gas in there.. I CALL THAT OVERKILL.. they were just trying to mess up that poor kids house because they couldnt find the person they were lookin for who was actually a couple feet away in custody .. AND THEY LET HIM GO.. i love how people run their mouth about something they no nothing about then put their tag as anonymous so nobody knows who they are.. did u do any investigating did u talk to people that were there.. NO YOU DIDN’T.. but i did.. i know what im talking about b4 i run my mouth.. i guess if i was going to write something dumb that thousands of people might see id put my name as anonymous too..

    1. Sheraden says:

      I live in the area and I can tell you, people who bring drugs, guns, stolen items, etc. bring far more to a community than meets the eye. The swat team is called out when there is a reasonable suspicion that weapons are in the house. Warrents are served and raids are done when the suspects are asleep so that they are not ready to take on the police. I call that good policing. It is safer for the community, the officer and even the criminal. The reality of it is that this man is a CRIMINAL. If he wants respect and to be treated nicely by the police, stay on the right side of the law. He was not beaten, suffered no lasting effects from the flash bomb and the arrest went on without incidence. I call that a win/win situation. I hope the police get rid of all the low life criminal in the West End. They are destroying what used to be a beautiful area. Overkill??????Tell that to the victims. You can return their stuff but you will never return their sense of feeling safe in their own homes.

    2. anonymous says:

      as a matter of fact i did talk to the ppl that were there im one off matt w’s best friends ive talked to eddie and hes a no good dope head

  9. ANONYMOUS says:

    well I too am a familymember of one of the three released and no I know none of these guys would hurt anyone, however this is standard protocol for police/swat when weapons are involved. Lets be real they found drugs there people on drugs arent know for making great decisions there is always a first time for everything. You may feel differently you had a family member in the line of duty each and everyday. I hope all the people involved got a reality check and stop making these bad decisions and become productive members of society. and William s -I know you personally and you are speaking with your heart and not your head .

    1. anonomous 2 says:

      they found a small amount of marijuana for personal consumption

      1. anonymous says:

        that maybe true but the criminal charges indicate it was possession with intent to deliver….. the criminal charge is online public record if you know the name you are looking for… go to pgh fifth district…and check the record for yourself so if a small amount was found the charges are incorrect.

    2. anonymous says:

      they found 2 and a half ounces of marijuana

  10. william s says:

    thats something we all agree on… i hope the people involved get a reality check and straighten out their lives.. this whole situation is really bad,, its affected so many peoples lives negatively. thats never good.. i still think the whole swat team thing was really sloppy. someone that was there told me that the swat was so pumped to shoot off their gas that they didnt even realize they had their suspect in custody already.. his parole officer was there and it was so hectic that they didnt even ask him to identify the suspect, even though he saw him a week or two earlier..maybe they’re the ones on drugs.. i just hope everybody can rise above this and get on with their lives.. time will heal everything and stuff can be replaced .. at least nobody was injured at all..

  11. anonymous says:

    I am not saying everything they did was in perfect sequence but I am saying to you personally these individuals have been heading for a gray area for quit sometime, this ended up to be harmless ..next time they may not be so darn lucky they are no longer minors and these decisions will affect the rest of their livesright time does heal wounds an. And your d we grow from our mistakes so lets hope this is a lesson and everyone can benefit in the end. Are you now figuring out who I am?

  12. Just saying.... says:

    This isn’t overkill, the police harassing and terrifying the suspects children is however. As for none of them harming a fly? The police don’t know any of them involved personally and they are treating them like any other suspects who robbed an innocent persons house and left with weapons. Plus they may not be organized, but they’re not stupid. I’m sure the cops were foaming at the mouth when they realized the had a legit reason to raid that house.Regardless, the suspect is an idiot and he needs to face the music, if for no other reason then to allow his family closure and time to heal. As for the individuals in that house, I don’t feel bad for them at all. Time to join the grown up world where you don’t make the rules and you have to pay the consequences, even if it is just guilt by association.

  13. zan says:

    How can you say NO ONE WAS HURT maybe not phsyically,but emotionally both the innocent victim and suspects families are looking over their shoulders all the time worried something else will happen, it’s not the 1st time.worried about it happening again, not being able to sleep, sick from nerves, the cleanup Talk about OVERKILL Don’t you think it was overkill what was done to the house.

  14. unrevealing person says:

    Okay, all of you……the person who committed the crime, this isn’t his first, this is his third…he will be running for a while, as he did before! He is not dumb at all, he knows exactly how to get away with things like this, this isn’t anything new to him, or the family. The thing gets me….all the guns that were found, were they all from the burglarized house?? How many other houses have they robbed. And how many will they? All the people in the house should not have been let go, if they are around stolen possessions, why wouldn’t you at least finger print, or take other measures to see who you are dealing with. I may or may not know the family, but this is all messed up! I see both sides of the stories. Cops and swat teams follow certain procedures, were any of the people injured from the tear gas? They have to protect themselves also especially if the suspect weapons inside, they have lives also, AND JOBs. Whether they threw 0 or 10, it harmed 0 people, what’s the big fuss? Overkill? Does it matter, what matters is that there are people out there who has had stuff stolen from them and nothing has happened with the person who committed the crim…. could’ve, but he was let go…..seriously?

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