By Ross Guidotti

MCKEES ROCKS (KDKA) – An argument in McKees Rocks escalated and eventually resulted in a police standoff late Sunday night.

According to police, the incident stemmed from an argument in the 900-block of Island Avenue around 11:30 p.m.

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Before it was over, two men were pistol-whipped, two men would be shot at and the suspect would disappear into the night.

McKees Rocks Police Chief Robert Cifrulak categorized what happened at the apartment building as unusual.

The chief said they have not had too many problems at that address in the past.

“There was a report of a fight in the street involving one, armed individual,” Chief Cifrulak said.

It would turn out to be much more than a fist fight because a still unknown suspect went on the attack after a confrontation with a 22-year-old.

He left the scene, but came back armed and ready to hurt someone and he apparently did.

“Pistol-whipped two men – a father and son and fired one round at the son and another [at] the friend of the son,” Chief Cifrulak said.

Beaten, bloodied and scared the victims called the cops, but the suspect was gone.

“Our armed suspect retreated into this multiple unit building at 910 Island Avenue into one of the lower floor apartments,” Chief Cifrulak said.

At that point, a standoff began.

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“Window curtains and blinds were opening and closing but no one was the police commands to come out of the building,” Chief Cifrulak said.

Police repeatedly demanded for the assailant to come out. However, When someone did exit the apartment, it wasn’t who they expected.

“Who ultimately came out of the building was an adult woman and her adult son,” Chief Cifrulak said.

Neither was involved in the incident, but police said they know of people in the apartment who could be involved.

As for the suspect who got away, police do have a person of interest in their investigation.

Police have not released the names of the victims or the suspect, but they said they need to catch the man they’re after.

“This is very serious. We certainly can’t stand for gunfights in the streets. This isn’t the wild west,” Chief Cifrulak said.

As for the father and son that were allegedly pistol-whipped, the chief said their wounds were superficial and they are expected to make a full recovery.

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