70-Year-Old Woman Dies After Standoff, Fire In Peters Twp.

Police Tried To Serve Woman Protection From Abuse Order

PETERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A woman is dead following a standoff and fire in Washington County.

Claire Rush, 70, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Allegheny General Hospital.

She was taken into custody at her home in the 100-block of Spring Street in Peters Township.

When the standoff ended, Rush was flown to AGH where she died.

Police were attempting to serve a protection from abuse order against Mrs. Rush brought by her husband around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. It said that he was afraid she would harm him.

She threatened to set the house on fire and fired a shot as police approached.

“We assumed she was firing at us,” Peters Township Police Chief Harry Fruecht said.

“As I said, we had conversations with her after that on the phone. My vehicle’s in the driveway, she says, ‘Get off my property.’

“I said, ‘I’m not going up there and moving my car. You fired at us.’

“She says, ‘I fired into the ceiling,’” Fruecht said.

Neighbors who were told to go into their basements while the incident unfolded say they aren’t surprised.

“This has been going on for years,” Kim Marosz, a neighbor said. “We’ve actually had disputes with them. I’ve been down to the magistrate with them over disputes with them through the years.”

“We knew that this was coming,” she added.


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  • Duh?

    My guess is the person who threatened to burn down the house did. but I’m not a breaking news reporter

  • kristy

    is anyone else besides me sick of hearing about shootings? what in the hell is wrong with people? do these numb nuts have to resort to gun violence every time that there’s a problem?

    • JustSaying

      Yeah, they should use some other method to draw attention to themselves, which is what they really want. Maybe firecrackers or a drum or trumpet? How about just turning the radio up really loud? Then the headlines could read ‘swat team deployed to house with loud radio’.

  • Thebubble

    i can see the smoke from my house, should be interesting following this

  • Reporter

    Yep! Looks like smoke to me!

  • katlover

    were we lucky and she shot herself,

  • Jim

    What is going on with all these nut cases lately? Why do they all seem to think that causing a big spectacle and shooting themselves and/or others is the solution to whatever “problems” they have?

    The human race is degenerating at an alarming rate.

  • Lance Maholic

    My God Police.. consider the age

    • Shades

      doesn’t matter the age – a finger pulling the trigger is a finger pulling the trigger

      I’m an advocate of gun control – hitting exactly what I aim at…

      don’t shoot unless you plan on hitting something – it’s what the police assume, and further Lance – read the details – SHE SHOT HERSELF

    • raul

      ??? what are you saying there Lance?

  • hc

    Wow, I didn’t know Peter’s Township was like that. Pretty redneck kind of stuff.

    • js

      Peter’s Is like what? It’s a community like any other. There are normal people and then there are people like this lady. For the most part we have a low crime rate, however this type of stuff happens everywhere. If I remember correctly, there was a standoff in Mt Lebanon not too long ago and another in South Park. Also I recall a kid shooting his sibling in St Clair a few years ago. So tell me, Peter’s is like what? Like every other community in the area in my opinion.

  • John

    So Lance, are you saying that police should have dropped everything and left. The woman’s own husband obtained a PFA against her! The neighbors even said she was crazy. I guess you are saying a woman in her 70’s with a GUN isnt dangerous? Wake up!

  • the dude

    did work on the house across the street two summers ago, the lady and her husband were both kooks, her husband used to sit in the front yard with a .22. police had came two or three times during the time we were there, not the least suprised

  • Bea

    Yet, there were neighbors who were told to stay in their houses taking pictures of them bringing her out so they could send them to the media. Guess it isn’t just the people with a gun who are the “nut cases”.

  • opw

    Obviously she had some sort of mental illness. Very sad that she didn’t get help before it got to this point. And, @ katlover, really? “Lucky” that she shot herself? Tragic. Both the shooting and the fact that people like you are so insensitive. Tragic.

  • justme

    On the evening news the neighbors of this lady said she caused trouble for years and they knew one day it would come to this.

  • mc

    @ opw maybe you wouldnt think it was so tragic if you lived a few houses down from the maniac. its better she end her own life then harming one of us or an officer. do you think and your sensitivity could have saved her troubled soul before she shot you? doubtful. even if someone saw this coming its not like they could have even approached their home to help or or bring her to a mental institute, they were like territorial dogs. this was the only possible outcome for this nut job.

  • Primetime Editorials

    so sad
    granny was a idiot

  • Ebert

    I wonder how long it will take for a movie to come out about this story

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