Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal Oakland Shooting
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police say they have made an arrest in an early Saturday morning shooting in the city’s Oakland section that left a former college football standout dead.
Zach Sheridan, 24, of Brookline, was pronounced dead just 15 minutes after police say he was shot.
Pittsburgh Police say Sheridan was shot in his throat around 3:30 a.m. near the Dunkin Donuts and The Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street.
Officers say after Sheridan was shot he managed to run a few blocks before collapsing.
He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to investigators, there was an argument just before the shooting. The dispute then escalated into a physical altercation and gunfire rang out.
Investigators released surveillance photos Saturday evening of the suspects they say are involved in the shooting.
One of the suspects is seen in the photo walking on Forbes Avenue Saturday morning.
The suspect is described as an African American male, five-foot-nine-inches tall, about 250 pounds and around 25 years of age. He has very close cropped hair as well. He was last seen wearing white t-shirt, short pants and white high-top tennis shoes.
The other suspect is described as an African American male, five-foot-nine-inches tall, 165 pounds and around 25 years of age. He was last seen wearing orange or red colored clothing.
Police say a third suspect is described as a African American woman between the ages of 25 and 30. She’s five-foot-six-inches tall and about 135 pounds. She was wearing glasses, a green shirt, white pants and tennis shoes.
No word yet on which of the three suspects is in custody.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old victim was a Slippery Rock University linebacker.
Sheridan finished his four-year playing career ranked seventh on SRU’s career tackles chart. He was their leading tackler in each of his final three seasons.
Before playing for Slippery Rock, Sheridan played football for and graduated from Seton-La Salle High School.
Slippery Rock’s Head Football Coach George Mihalik commented on his former player’s death saying: “The Rock Football Family is devastated by the news of Zach’s death. Zach loved Rock football and Rock football loved Zach. Our sincere sympathy goes out to Zach’s family.”
Mihalik also said the team will wear a commemorative decal with Sheridan’s jersey number during the 2013 season in honor of the former team captain.
There’s no word yet on the identity of the suspect who was arrested.
Anyone with information on the case is being asked to contact police at 412-323-7161.