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(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police/Allegheny County Police)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man who turned himself in to police in connection with a fatal shooting in Oakland, has been released by police.

Former college football player Zach Sheridan, 24, of Brookline, was pronounced dead just 15 minutes after he was shot early Saturday morning.

According to police, 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.

Isiah Smith, 22, of Lincoln-Lemington turned himself in to police around 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

In a statement released Sunday morning, police said  Smith will not be charged in the case at this time:

“Pending further review of the medical examiner’s autopsy report, the District Attorney’s Office has decided not to approve criminal charges against Isaiah Smith at this time.  Isaiah Smith will not charged with criminal homicide or carrying a firearm without a license.  After an interview, Isaiah Smith was allowed to leave police headquarters.”

The District Attorney’s Office also spoke to KDKA, with spokesman Mike Manko saying:

“We did not approve any warrants for the shooting as of yet. We believe more information was needed before approving such a warrant. We expect to have this information tomorrow when we meet with homicide and at that point we will proceed as appropriate with this investigation.”

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, 5-feet-9-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, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 165 pounds and around 25 years of age. He was last seen wearing orange or red colored clothing.

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police/Allegheny County Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police/Allegheny County Police)

Police say a third suspect is described as an African-American woman between the ages of 25 and 30. She’s 5-feet-6-inches tall and about 135 pounds. She was wearing glasses, a green shirt, white pants and tennis shoes.

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police/Allegheny County Police)

(Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Police/Allegheny County Police)

Meanwhile, Sheridan 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.

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