PENN HILLS (KDKA) – Charles Hull was supposed to appear at a hearing in downtown Pittsburgh Monday and according to police that may have been why he was so agitated.
It was a single gunshot from a hunting rifle inside 10050 Calvin Street that woke 57-year-old Yolanda Hornick up around 6:20 a.m. Monday.
According to Allegheny County detectives, when Hornick went looking for her live in boyfriend of 11 years, she found 56-year-old Hull outside with the gun. Fearing he’d commit suicide Hornick called 911 and that’s when Penn Hills police stepped into action.
“I see three officers with assault rifles just coming up this way. Frankstown Road is blocked off there was a couple officers around here,” Guy Diperna, a neighbor said. “They were all over the place.”
Police say Hornick had gotten hull to come inside and talk but when Penn Hills officers arrived surrounding the house hull reportedly became agitated.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said, “There’s an unlocked closet door in the bedroom where he puts her. She comes out of the closet and runs for the door barefooted.”
A Penn Hills officer was able to get her to safety but when he turned back to the porch of the home detectives say there Hull stood his rifle pointed directly at the officer.
“Yolanda tells us she heard the officer say several times, ‘put the gun down, put the gun down, put the gun down before he fires,’” Moffatt said.
The Penn Hills officer fired three shots hitting Hull. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Allegheny County DA’s office will now review the shooting to see if the county needs to investigate further. If not, the case will be handed back to the Penn Hills Police Department.