PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Funerals and wakes are supposed to be places where you find peace following the death of a loved one. However, it was anything but peaceful last Friday night at the Beinhauer Funeral Home.
Pittsburgh Police were called to the funeral home on West Liberty Avenue when a fight broke out between two women. One of the women was an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer.
Officer Tracey Schweitzer, 49, was attending the visitation of her 71-year-old aunt.
Suzanne Troy, 62, is Schweitzer’s aunt. She is described in court documents as being estranged from the family for some time. She showed up at the funeral home, but was told by Schweitzer that it was her dead aunt’s wish not to be at her funeral, and she asked Troy to leave.
The criminal complaint says, “in front of the casket, Troy lifted her dress and told Schweitzer to kiss her a**!”
Schweitzer said, “Troy threatened to get a gun, and shoot me in the head.”
Two funeral home employees said they witnessed the incident and heard the threat.
The verbal argument spilled out into a hallway, police said, where the two women started throwing punches. Troy allegedly kicked, punched and spit at Schweitzer.
Troy said she was struck in the face, arm and chest.
After police arrived and consulted with an assistant district attorney about the law as it pertains to domestic violence, both Schweitzer and Troy were taken into custody.
Schweitzer is facing a charge of simple assault. She was released from custody.
Troy, who was unable to post $2,000 bond, remains in jail. She’s accused of assault and making a terroristic threat.