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LOWER BURRELL (KDKA) — Authorities in Westmoreland County are investigating after a suspect was shot and killed by police late Thursday night in Lower Burrell.

Lower Burrell Police Chief Tim Weitzel said his officers were first called to respond to a domestic dispute at a home in the 400 block of Violet Drive around 9:30 p.m. The officers were advised that a male had assaulted a female, was not allowing her or a minor child to leave the home and had armed himself with a pistol.

Weitzel said the situation escalated after the first officers arrived on the scene and started to approach the house.

“The male emerged from the house and made contact with the officers in the front yard of the residence,” Weitzel said. “Subsequent to that contact, there was an officer-involved shooting and one of my officers shot and killed the suspect.”

crime scene lower burrell Police: Suspect Killed In Police Involved Shooting In Lower Burrell

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The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Michael E. Hutchman, of Lower Burrell.

“I heard a pop, he was definitely armed and the cops were giving him every chance. Cops were saying, ‘We just want to talk to you.’ And he was like, ‘Get off my property, I don’t want to talk,’” Lee Cochran, a neighbor, said.

A neighbor said they could see the man’s wife in the driveway, saying, “Did you have to shoot him?”

No one else was injured. However, Weitzel said the suspect’s wife was being checked out by medical personnel as a precaution.

The Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office, the Westmoreland County Detectives Bureau and the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Officer are among the agencies investigating the shooting.

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