Woman, 40, Dies After Shooting Self At Glassport Police Station
GLASSPORT (KDKA) –- The Allegheny County Police Department is investigating after a woman reportedly shot and killed herself outside of the Glassport Police Station late Saturday night.
There continue to be many unanswered questions surrounding the shooting.
People who live near the police department were still talking Sunday about the confrontation between police and the woman, who officials say was the wife of a Glassport officer, that led to the fatal shooting.
Authorities say it all started when 40-year-old Jennifer Piccini showed up at the police department Saturday night.
“They were arguing in the station; I don’t know who she was arguing with,” said Ralph Warman, a witness. “I [saw] it all start in the station, then they came outside.”
Warman and David Moore both say they watched the whole confrontation between Piccini and Glassport police from the window of their second-floor apartment.
“She was standing by one of the officers cars,” said Moore. “I heard her slit the tire, heard the tire pop. When I heard the tire pop – the cop came flying down this way five seconds after she did that.”
Moore says that by then police discovered Piccini had a gun. He said she then took her own life in a rear parking lot after being cornered by police.
“She started backing up in the grass, then she just ran where the three yellow bars are, and then that’s when she just fell over. Two shots in the head; she fell over,” said Moore.
“We believe that wound was self-inflicted,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman, of the Allegheny County Police Department. “She encountered police in the parking lot. She is the wife of one of the local police officers.”
Piccini is married to Glassport Police Officer Michael Piccini who was on duty at the time. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner ruled that Piccini died from a gunshot wound to the head.