Bank Buys Poplawski House At Sheriff’s Sale

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The home in Stanton Heights where three Pittsburgh Police officers were shot and killed in 2009 was sold at a sheriff’s sale Monday morning.

According to KDKA-TV’s Jon Greiner, JP Morgan Chase purchased the home for $3,011.04. The bank was the only bidder and the sale process took less than a minute.

On Friday, a judge ordered the house to be put up for sale at 9 a.m. after it had been postponed numerous times.

Richard Poplawski’s mother, Margaret, owned the house. She tried to stop the auction by filing a lawsuit against her insurance company and Allegheny County 911.

She was not present for the sheriff’s sale.

Richard Poplawski was recently sentenced to death for shooting and killing Officers Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo and Eric Kelly during a standoff.

The house is scheduled to be demolished on Oct. 10.

Now that the house has sold, what will happen to the house and the property?

“Taxes follow the propertyso therefore if there are any outstanding taxes they must be addressed by the bank to pay them off, clear the title and then they can do with that property what they wish,” Sgt. Richard Fersch said.

The bank has indicated that it will give the property to the city.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he plans to speak with the community and the victims’ families about what to do with the property.

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  • Jen Val

    i think the city should make a huge memorial place for all 3 officers the city should build 3 status may they all rip

    • Dan

      There’s already one in Bloomfield. Either complete or underway.


    Let’s take care of our young men and women returnng from iraq and Afganistan whose lives have been turned upside down mentally and physically. There is not enough being done to memorialize their great sacrifice for this country.

  • Liar

    What happened to the Steelers buying the house like moron Marty said was a done deal?

  • bruceUSA

    Talk to the victims families ofcourse, but also talk to the people that will have to continue living there next to and on that street. See how they would like to proceed.

  • Susan T

    Put up a sign at the end of the street saying Media Keep OUT, people get tired of Marty Griffin standing outside banging on their door’s all the time asking questions. Keep Out!

  • Burghless

    Certain members of the Steelers were going to purchase the property, but when the media exposed this information, they were asked NOT to put a bid on it since it would drive the price of the property up being that they are celebrities. Additionally, after the house epxense was paid off, any remaining money would have gone to the owner, who is Poplawski’s mother. It was not the intent of the sheriff’s office to have this familly make a profit off of a major tragedy.

    • Steve

      I don’t know much about Sheriff’s sales, but I wouldn’t think that the mother would get any extra money. It was no longer strictly hers. And besides, she’s a victim of this as well. It’s not her fault that her son was a wacko, and now she’s homeless.

      • Steve

        I see that you are correct that the original owner would get much/all of “leftover” money. But still, it’s sad if their agenda was to make sure she didn’t get money from the sale of her house. People shouldn’t hate her for her son’s actions.

  • Bruce

    The city should ask the neighbors what happens to it. They are living there. It should not be a tourist attraction. It was a horrible day in the city’s history. We will never forget (nor should we) what happen the day, but we need to get past it. We all need to have closure.

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