Poplawski Jury Shown Additional Crime Scene Photos
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –- During the third day in the trial of the man accused of killing three Pittsburgh police officers, jurors saw more photographs from inside Richard Poplawski’s house.
The pictures indicate the gunfight could have lasted a lot longer. The inside of the Poplawski home revealed there were plenty of weapons and ammunition. A single box contained 900 unused rounds.
Poplawski talked about his cache of weapons to a 911 operator after officers Paul Sciullo II, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly were killed and a fourth officer was wounded.
Operator: “Do you have any weapons on you?”
Poplawski: “I got plenty of weapons on me, but I’m not shooting any more cops because my weapons are either out of ammunition or they’re disabled.”
Jurors also saw pictures of spent shell casings, bullet holes in the walls and the bedroom Poplawski moved in and out of during the shootout.
Members of the Mayhle family left the courtroom at times when testimony involving their loved one was too hard to watch.
The prosecution also presented physical evidence. The 100-pound concrete block where Officer Stephen Mayhle was shot had two bullet holes, indicating Mayhle was shot from above while he was down.
The concrete damage wasn’t revealed until the body was removed. Mayhle’s gun was found on the steps with one live round in the chamber and seven in the magazine.
Officer Eric Kelly’s gun was found in the street where he lay. His gun had one in the chamber and one in the magazine.
Each weapon can fire 16 rounds without reloading.
The trial will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Allegheny County Courthouse.
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