By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The homicide suspect barricaded inside a Hill District home in a six-hour standoff with law enforcement on Friday afternoon is dead, Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert says.READ MORE: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting In Beltzhoover After Victim Self-Transported To Hospital
Chief Schubert confirmed to KDKA that the suspect was shot and killed by police. Pittsburgh Public Safety said any officers involved will be placed on leave, which is standard procedure following a police shooting, but did not specify how many.
KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso Reports:
“Negotiators and the SWAT team worked to try to make this a successful outcome, our ultimate goal was to get someone into custody without any harm to anyone; unfortunately, that didn’t happen,” Chief Schubert said. “It’s not the outcome we wanted, but we did everything we could to try to ensure that it was a safe outcome.”
Investigators identified the suspect as 25-year-old Khalil Singletary. They say he was wanted in connection with the murder 26-year-old Daniel Brice on Climax Street in Beltzhoover on Sept. 22. Shotspotter alerted police to at least nine rounds fired in the area that day, according to the criminal complaint.
KDKA’s Andy Sheehan Reports:
Court records show a warrant was issued for Singletary’s arrest one week ago. He was facing charges of criminal homicide and firearms violations. Police say he had a very lengthy criminal record.
Pittsburgh Public Safety says Singletary fired gunshots, but no injuries were reported to officers.
Someone at the scene could be heard yelling, “Shots fired! Shots fired!”
Police deployed heavy gas inside the home, trying to end the situation.
It was a very emotional scene as people who knew Singletary arrived at the scene. Many were concerned about their family member. Police would not say if Singletary lived at the home or if a family member did.
“I heard at least 35 shots, who can survive at least 35 shots? No human being I know,” said Sherman Coleman, who described himself as a family friend.READ MORE: 1 Arrested After Shooting Near Allentown Elementary School
KDKA’s Meghan Schiller Reports:
Law enforcement was set up in the area of Bedford Avenue and Manilla and Roberts Streets. At least one officer could be seen with a large weapon on a nearby rooftop.
Police told neighbors to stay in their homes and urged the public to avoid the area.
UPDATE: SWAT is working to remove a homicide suspect from a home. Shots have been fired by the actor but no injuries. Neighbors are asked to please stay in their homes. Tear gas has been deployed. https://t.co/wUa7trNpmP
— Pittsburgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) October 1, 2021
Police described Singletary as being “armed and dangerous.”
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told KDKA’s Meghan Schiller that police attempted to talk and negotiate with him, even bringing in some friends and family, but Singletary was not cooperating.
“There’s active negotiations continuing with the individual. There’s also been additional gunfire within the residence. There are no injuries to any of the SWAT operators. We have requested the assistance of Allegheny County SWAT and assets from the Pennsylvania State Police,” Hissrich said.
Tear gas was deployed, but law enforcement says the suspect threw the canisters back out towards the officers.
Investigators also attempted to send robots into the home to determine Singletary’s condition.
“We’ve been trying to talk to the individual. We tried to use some technology inside, we tried to use tear gas. The individual kept throwing the technology and the tear gas back at us, and what you just heard was an active exchange of gunfire. We have no officers hit; we are trying to do everything we can to negotiate with the suspect,” Hissrich said.
Additional law enforcement officers were called to the scene — including the Allegheny County Police SWAT team and resources from state police.
An ambulance was on standby as a precaution.
Allegheny County Police will be taking over the investigation.
CORRECTION: In an update to this story, it was said five police officers would be placed on administrative leave. The exact number of officers being placed on administrative leave is unknown at this time.