Stanton Heights: Pittsburgh standoff, 5 officers shot 3 killed
Richard Poplawski, 23, opened fire on police officers this morning at his home in Stanton Heights, Pittsburg, and five officers were shot and wounded and three were killed.
He has now surrendered to police.
4:42pm EST - Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call at the home of Poplawski, when he opened fire at them wearing a bullet proof vest. He fired at officers several dozen times with an assault rifle before he was wounded and then surrendered. Police Chief Nathan Harper called it 'a sad day for the city of Pittsburgh'.
The first officers where shot immediately upon entering the house, leading Harper to say he believed they were victims of a trap set by the gunman.
"As soon as the officer stepped through the doorway he was immediately met with gunfire," Harper said. He and a second officer who came through the doorway were both shot in the head.
3:31pm EST - In a press conference, police revealed that Richard Poplawski was wearing a bulletproof vest when he shot at the officers.
It is now confirmed that three officers have been killed.
A police official says a man opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call in Pittsburgh, killing three of them.
The police official is at the scene and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
When some of the officers were wounded, they could not be moved for some time, for fear of provoking further attacks.
Police tried to serve an arrest warrant at Poplawski's home, when he opened fire on them.
In a telephone call, Poplawski told friends he had been shot in the chest and leg, the newspaper reported.
Police said they could not confirm reports the suspect's mother and grandmother remained in the house with him during the standoff.