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Relatives Of Man Shot By Police In East Liberty Want Answers

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Relatives of 19-year-old Odell Brown of East Liberty say they need to know more about the circumstances that led to his fatal shooting by an Allegheny County Sheriff’s Deputy.

It happened at the conclusion of a 90-minute standoff Wednesday in the 500-block North Euclid Avenue.

“It’s kind of hard for us right now and we just want some closure,” April Brown, Brown’s aunt, said. “We want to know what went on with our nephew. We want to know what happened.”

“He was just really loving,” another aunt, Madonna Prowell, said. “I mean, it’s really a shock to all of us.”

Police responded to North Euclid after the teenager was seen pacing up and down the street, armed with a weapon.

He was told to drop the gun, but he refused and police said, he pointed the gun at the deputy, who fired one shot, hitting him in the chest.

Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper told a news conference that Brown had only a minor drug arrest in his past and had no major criminal record.

Only after Brown was shot did police learn that he armed with a pellet gun.

April Brown told KDKA-TV that ironically her nephew wanted a career in law enforcement.

“He wanted to be a police officer and that’s what he was going to school for,” she said.

A neighbor on North Euclid said that the teenager may have been distraught because of problem he was having with his girlfriend.

Brown died after being taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

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