Richard Poplawski: The Pittsburgh Stanton Heights killer
Richard Poplawski, the man who shot three police officers dead and wounded five today in Stanton Heights in Pittsburgh, is described by friends as a 'partier' and a 'guy in search of an understanding of politics, even a walking comedian'.
He was however, paranoid about the government wanting to take away his guns, and therefore, his freedom.
"I've known this kid my entire life and he was a good kid. He never had bad intentions. He never spoke about harming anybody," said Edward Perkovic, a lifelong friend who had known Mr. Poplawski since the two paired up at a daycare.
A friend said he wanted to join the marine corps and that's why he stopped attending high school. Military records however, indicate that he was dishonourably discharged from the marines during basic training. Richard went back to his girlfriend, but that relationship failed shortly after.
He then moved to Florida for two years and worked as a glazier, but returned to Pittsburgh somewhere around the beginning of 2007.
He worked with his friend Mr. Perkovic on an Internet show that featured local news, while he lived with his mother and grandmother in Stanton Heights.