PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man was shot and killed during a lengthy standoff with police and the SWAT team in East Liberty on Wednesday morning.
Police say 19-year-old Odell Warren Brown was saying things like, “bring it on” as he held a gun in his hand.
But when it was over, investigators would determine Brown had a death wish and wanted to commit suicide by law enforcement and the gun he refused to throw down was a pellet gun that looked real.
Eyewitnesses say Brown was in the middle of North Euclid Avenue in East Liberty around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Angie Wallace says he was pacing and huffing and puffing.
Pittsburgh police, the SWAT team and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. Brown kept them at bay for about 90 minutes.
They say Brown was asked several times to put down his weapon. Then according to police, Brown pointed the gun at a deputy. The deputy whose name has not been released, asked Brown three more times to drop the gun.
At that time, Brown pointed the gun at the deputy. The deputy fired a single shot to his chest with a patrol rifle.
Brown died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. According to police, Brown had one prior arrest for a drug charge.
His family told KDKA’s Brenda Waters this afternoon that he was in trade school, ironically for criminal justice.
The deputy has been on the job for 14 year and was a member of the emergency response team. Sheriff William Mullen says the deputy will remain on administrative leave until he is evaluated by a psychiatrist and released to return to work.
The case is still under investigation.