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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man is dead after allegedly firing shots at police officers as they attempted to serve a warrant Thursday morning.

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According to police, the incident began around 8:13 a.m. in the 500 block of Engstler Street in St. Clair Village.

As Pittsburgh Police and U.S. Marshals approached the home, a person inside opened fire. The officers retreated and did not return fire. The SWAT team was called to the scene and several nearby homes were evacuated.

Police attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but were unsuccessful. Around 11 a.m., SWAT made entry into the home and found a man dead from an apparent suicide with a gunshot wound to the head.

“Three shots were fired from within the structure outside of the structure. Law enforcement at no time fired their weapons,” said Commander of Major Crimes with Pittsburgh Police Victor Joseph. “We tried negotiations, which failed; and when SWAT entered, they found a male inside deceased with an apparent gunshot wound to head. An apparent suicide.”

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KDKA’s Amy Wadas Reports:


Police were attempting to serve a warrant for 41-year-old Jason James in connection with a recent homicide. Police say James fired at least two shots at officers before turning the gun on himself.

James, just out of jail after serving nearly 20 years in prison, was wanted for a homicide in the city last week. Sources confirm they believe James was responsible for the death of Fredrick Shields, of Pittsburgh. Shields was a suspect in a home invasion last year.

Police said the home where the incident happened was abandoned.

No officers or neighbors were injured in the incident.

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The neighbors who were evacuated were allowed back into their homes by mid-morning.