Poplawski House To Go Up For Sheriff’s Sale Monday
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The house where three Pittsburgh police officers were shot and killed during a standoff will go up for sheriff’s sale on Monday.
Pittsburgh Police Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II were killed in April 2009 after responding to a domestic dispute call at the home.
Richard Poplawski was convicted in the shootings back in June and sentenced to death.
There was a mortgage foreclosure on the Fairfield Street home in Stanton Heights belonging to Margaret Poplawski, the mother of the man convicted in the shootings.
She was trying to stop the home from being auctioned, but a judge denied that motion this morning.
“Pending any further orders of court, the property will go to sale as scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday morning,” Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rich Fersch said.
KDKA’s Marty Griffin reports the house will be sold for the money owed to the lawyers – about $3,000.
It will then be given to the City of Pittsburgh which plans to tear it down.
For two years, different groups talked about buying the home. Last year, Hines Ward and James Harrison offered to make the purchase and donate the property to the city.
Sources indicate the Steelers were told to stay away because their interest would escalate the value of the property and give any profit to Poplawski’s mother.
It will take about 30 to 60 days for the process to work itself out. That’s when the house will be torn down.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will meet with the community and family members of the officers to decide what to do with the property.