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Pittsburghfan
04-04-2009, 10:51 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,512560,00.html

PITTSBURGH A man opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning, killing three of them, before barricading himself in the home, a police official said.

R.I.P.

NJarhead
04-04-2009, 11:03 AM
That is horrible. Rest in peace officers.

KeiselPower99
04-04-2009, 11:26 AM
Damn. I have more and more respect each day for officers of the law.

Edman
04-04-2009, 11:53 AM
I woke up this morning and just heard it. What a Tragedy. In Stanton Heights no less. A very peaceful neighborhood.

tony hipchest
04-04-2009, 12:53 PM
my grandma called and said he was a (ex?)marine, neighborhood kid who went to catholic high growing up. always a good kid who had lots of friends.

what i dont get is the article clearly plays this up as an anti obama crime. the idiot douchebag was afraid of obama taking away his guns, so in protest he blasts 3 officers with an ak-47.

way to support your cause, you prick. :mad:

its a shame he was taken alive. :pity:

xfl2001fan
04-04-2009, 02:22 PM
my grandma called and said he was a (ex?)marine, neighborhood kid who went to catholic high growing up. always a good kid who had lots of friends.

what i dont get is the article clearly plays this up as an anti obama crime. the idiot douchebag was afraid of obama taking away his guns, so in protest he blasts 3 officers with an ak-47.

way to support your cause, you prick. :mad:

its a shame he was taken alive. :pity:

I agree with the boldfaced part...I don't know about that whole Pity smiley though. Unless that's being used for Federal/Pennsylvania tax payers who will have to support this bum.

tony hipchest
04-04-2009, 02:32 PM
Unless that's being used for Federal/Pennsylvania tax payers who will have to support this bum.
:yep:

klick81
04-04-2009, 02:36 PM
Wow...he'll get what's coming to him in prison. He thinks he's tough now, wait till the real bad cops get ahold of him.

OneForTheToe
04-04-2009, 02:36 PM
RIP A shame indeed.

Preacher
04-04-2009, 02:40 PM
Sure is a shame.

HometownGal
04-04-2009, 03:04 PM
I have been following this very tragic story most of the day. The SOB was shot in the legs - I would have aimed for his freakin' head and blown him to smitherenes. :mad::mad::mad:

May these fallen officers forever RIP. :tombstone: Thank you for your invaluble service to the City of Pittsburgh. :heart:

Prayers for the families of these courageous officers. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.

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3 Officers Killed in Pittsburgh Standoff

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, AP

PITTSBURGH (April 4) Pittsburgh police say a man wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call, killing three of them.
Police chief Nate Harper says the motive for Saturday's shooting isn't clear. Friends say the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and that he feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

The three dead officers are Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo III. Kelly had been on the force for 14 years and the other two only two years each. Another officer was shot in the hand and a fifth broke his leg on a fence.

The gunman, 23-year-old Richard Poplawski, was arrested after a four-hour standoff.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.

PITTSBURGH A man opened fire on officers during a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning, killing three of them, a police official said. Friends said he recently had been upset about losing his job and that he feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Skip over this content Neighbors described how a quiet street in the city's Stanton Heights neighborhood turned into a battlefield with hundreds of rounds cracking through the morning air and fallen police officers lying bleeding in the street, their colleagues unable to reach them.

Three officers were killed, said a police official at the scene who spoke on condition of anonymity because was not authorized to talk to the media. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard would only say that at least five officers were wounded, but wouldn't give any other details.

Friends identified the suspect as Richard Poplawski, 23, but police would not immediately confirm his name. The gunman was arrested after a four-hour standoff, police said.

The shooting occurred just two weeks after four police officers were fatally shot March 21 in Oakland, Calif., in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. The officers were the first Pittsburgh city officers to die in the line of duty in 18 years.

Neighbors said the shooting began at about 7 a.m. and that two officers were shot almost immediately.

"When I looked down I saw two police officers laying in the street," said Don Sand, who lives across the street and was awoken by the sound of gunfire.

A short time later, more officers, SWAT teams and other law enforcement arrived and a third officer was shot, Sand said.

"They couldn't get the scene secure enough to get to them. They were just lying there bleeding," Sand said. "By the time they secured the scene enough to get to them it was way too late."

Gail Moschetti, who lives diagonally across the street from the Poplawski house, said she heard hundreds of shots as she and her husband took refuge in their basement. Tom Moffitt, 51, a city firefighter who lives two blocks away, said he came to the scene and heard "hundreds, just hundreds of shots."

Police planned to release more details at a mid-afternoon news conference Saturday.

Edward Perkovic said Poplawski, his best friend, feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon." Another longtime friend, Aaron Vire, said Poplawski feared that President Barack Obama was going to take away his rights, though he said he "wasn't violently against Obama."

Perkovic, 22, said he got a call at work from him in which he said, "Eddie, I am going to die today. ... Tell your family I love them and I love you."

Perkovic said: "I heard gunshots and he hung up. ... He sounded like he was in pain, like he got shot."

Vire, 23, said Poplawski once had an Internet talk show but that it wasn't successful. Vire said Poplawski had an AK-47 rifle and several powerful handguns, including a .357 Magnum.

Another friend, Joe DiMarco, said Poplawski had been laid off from his job at a glass factory earlier this year. DiMarco said he didn't know the name of the company, but knew his friend had been upset about losing his job.

The last Pittsburgh police officers killed in the line of duty were Officers Thomas L. Herron and Joseph J. Grill, according to a Web site that tracks police killings. They died after their patrol car collided with another vehicle while chasing a stolen car on March 6, 1991.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 133 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2008, a 27 percent decrease from year before and the lowest annual total since 1960.

Poplawski had often fought with neighbors and had even gotten into fistfights with a couple, Sand said.

"This is a relatively really quiet neighborhood except for him," Sand said. "He was just one of those kids that we knew to stay clear from."

Rob Gift, 45, who lives a block away, said the well-kept single-family houses with manicured lawns are home to many police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other city workers.

"It's just a very quiet neighborhood," Gift said.

Godfather
04-04-2009, 03:29 PM
its a shame he was taken alive. :pity:

Better that way. I hate it when they escape earthly justice (like that POS in Binghamton).

HometownGal
04-04-2009, 03:57 PM
Better that way. I hate it when they escape earthly justice (like that POS in Binghamton).

One bullet right between the eyes - $2.25

Taxpayer money housing, feeding, clothing and educating that douchebag in the pokey for the rest of his pathetic life - $1,000,000+

SteelersinCA
04-04-2009, 05:28 PM
Plus he'll probably be glorified in prison for being a cop killer. Life will be good for him. But kudos to the cops for ending it without taking his life. Shows the caliber of those officers.

fansince'76
04-04-2009, 05:59 PM
My thoughts and prayers to the families of the slain police officers. :tombstone

Preacher
04-04-2009, 06:17 PM
One bullet right between the eyes - $2.25

Taxpayer money housing, feeding, clothing and educating that idiot in the pokey for the rest of his pathetic life - $1,000,000+

gotta admit. . . you make a lot of sense here!

My thoughts and prayers to the families of the slain police officers. :tombstone


Absolutely. .

klick81
04-04-2009, 06:26 PM
In these kinds of cases, this kind of justice is acceptable (in my twisted opinion):

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Godfather
04-04-2009, 07:10 PM
Plus he'll probably be glorified in prison for being a cop killer.

Good point.

Hopefully he'll end up somewhere with sadistic guards.

TSDMedic
04-04-2009, 09:09 PM
One bullet right between the eyes - $2.25

Taxpayer money housing, feeding, clothing and educating that douchebag in the pokey for the rest of his pathetic life - $1,000,000+

:applaudit::thumbsup:

This douche bag will rot in jail for the next million years, while we foot the bill of course, and he will be hailed in jail as an idol because he killed 3 cops. If we are lucky though maybe he'll end up a "human lollipop"......if you catch my drift!!!!!

This idiot is a coward, who was never good enough to serve his country! Thank the Lord that he got thrown out of the military because he doesn't deserve to walk among the heroes of this country!

I respect the cops for not blowing his head off, I don't think I would have had that much self control! I think I may have kicked his skull in with my boot and spit in his wounds!

And all because he was afraid that someone may take his guns.....*BOO HOO*....you won't have those guns now will you, you worthless piece of snail poop! HAPPY ROTTING!!!!!

TSDMedic
04-04-2009, 09:10 PM
That reminds me.....they should so bring back public hangings!!!!!!! Or let the families of these fallen officers poke this dirt bag in the eyes with blunt spoons until he cries like the coward that he is!

SteelCityMan786
04-04-2009, 09:39 PM
It's these type of tragedies that make me have that much more respect for police officers. Particularly those in big cities such as Pittsburgh. Police Officers are pretty much treated like an offensive linemen in Football. Whenever they do their jobs right, it usually goes unrecognized. These three officers who died should be commended for the countless hours they put in to making the city safe. Same to their fellow officers and hopefully they will be able to recover and be able to do the job they love.

There is a place in heaven for the 3 officers who died today. God will welcome them home because they laid down their own life, to protect the lives of others.

Steel_12
04-05-2009, 12:19 AM
That reminds me.....they should so bring back public hangings!!!!!!! Or let the families of these fallen officers poke this dirt bag in the eyes with blunt spoons until he cries like the coward that he is!

Public hangings? Serious?

SteelersMongol
04-05-2009, 01:20 AM
R.I.P.

Galax Steeler
04-05-2009, 07:57 AM
Public hangings? Serious?

I agree that would stop alot of this stuff.

HometownGal
04-05-2009, 08:17 AM
I agree that would stop alot of this stuff.

We should adopt what other countries do to punish their criminals and I guarantee you the crime rate would drop significantly. Rape a woman, Mr. Happy goes :wave:; rob a store - off with the mitts; assault another person - get your ass beaten to a pulp; intentionally murder another human being and you take an eternal dirt nap. BUT - it will never happen here in America, unfortunately.

SteelersMongol
04-05-2009, 08:57 AM
We should adopt what other countries do to punish their criminals and I guarantee you the crime rate would drop significantly. Rape a woman, Mr. Happy goes :wave:; rob a store - off with the mitts; assault another person - get your ass beaten to a pulp; intentionally murder another human being and you take an eternal dirt nap. BUT - it will never happen here in America, unfortunately.

Or U can just send em all off 2 Middle East with a huge tag that says "I hate towelheads" hanging from their neck. :laughing: They can take care off em pretty well. :wink02:

xfl2001fan
04-05-2009, 09:07 AM
Or U can just send em all off 2 Middle East with a huge tag that says "I hate towelheads" hanging from their neck. :laughing: They can take care off em pretty well. :wink02:

Nah...I would go with a sign reading:

Islam is for Idiots
Muslims are weak
Let me throw my shoe at you
I'll touch you with my left hand

Or something along those lines.

tony hipchest
04-05-2009, 01:11 PM
they offered a moment of silence for the 3 officers before the invocation at todays NASCAR race. :thumbsup: gotta love NECKSCAR.

and i gotta commend the safety record for the PPD to go 18 years without an officer killed in the line of duty. that is great, (and a shame it had to come to end).

hearing more of the story, i really feel for the cops who werena able to help their fallen partners.

HometownGal
04-05-2009, 01:39 PM
These are the three courageous officers who were so tragically murdered yesterday: :tombstone:

http://www.post-gazette.com/images4/20090404_officers_330HP.jpg

http://postgazette.com/pg/09095/960798-100.stm


Affidavit lays out details of officers' slayings

Sunday, April 05, 2009
By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Richard Poplawski, the suspect in the killing of three Pittsburgh police officers yesterday, emerged from his Stanton Heights home after shooting two of the officers and fired additional shots into one of the victims, who was sprawled on the ground near the front stoop, a report says.

A police criminal complaint described the sequence of events that began with a domestic-violence call at 7:03 a.m. and led to the shooting deaths of Officers Paul Sciullo III, Stephen J. Mayhle and Eric Kelly at 1016 Fairfield St.

The suspect's mother, Margaret Poplawski, called 911 to say that she had argued with her son after she discovered that a dog had urinated on the floor of the house. She told police she wanted him removed.

Officers Sciullo and Mayhle radioed at 7:11 that they had arrived at the home. Mrs. Poplawski told police she opened the door and told police "come and take his ass."

When the officers were 10 feet into the residence, "she heard gunshots, turned and saw her son about six feet away with a long rifle in his hands, at which point she fled downstairs after asking him 'what the hell have you done?''' according to the report.

An unidentified witness in another house on Fairfield Street, awakened by gunfire, looked out the window and saw an officer down near the front stoop and a man standing in the doorway. The witness saw the suspect fire two or three more shots into the downed officer, later identified as Officer Mayhle, before going back inside.

Officer Timothy McManaway arrived at 7:17 and found Officer Kelly, who had responded as backup, wounded and down near his sport-utility vehicle on the street.

As he checked on Officer Kelly, more gunfire erupted from the house. Office McManaway was hit in the hand by gunfire or shrapnel as he returned fire. He later pulled Officer Kelly to cover behind the SUV. Paramedics arrived and took Officer Kelly to UPMC Presbyterian, where he died.

The report quoted Mrs. Poplawski as saying her son, after being kicked out of the Marine Corps for assaulting his drill sergeant during basic training, had been "stockpiling guns and ammunition, buying and selling the weapons online, because he believed that as a result of the economic collapse, the police were no longer able to protect society."

Mr. Poplawski was taken into custody after a siege of several hours. He faces three counts of homicide and numerous other charges.

This is the SOB who murdered these officers and personally, I think his mother bears some responsibility for her son's actions here, as she clearly knew he was stockpiling weapons and ammo and had some serious "issues". :mad:


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http://www.post-gazette.com/images4/20090305Poplawski_hp160.jpg

stillers4me
04-05-2009, 04:56 PM
How tragic and senseless. There's nothing that tears my heart like police officers or fireman dying in the line of duty.

And we think our jobs are tough.

St33lersguy
04-05-2009, 05:45 PM
:tombstone

HometownGal
04-06-2009, 05:12 PM
Below are the plans the City and PPD have put together to honor our fallen officers. I plan on going down to pay my respects to these heroes late Wednesday evening. :tombstone:

http://kdka.com/local/fallenheroes/Pittsburgh.officers.memorial.2.977673.html

Thousands Expected For Slain Officers' Memorial

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―

Officials from the City of Pittsburgh have detailed plans for a public memorial for three slain Pittsburgh Police officers.

Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo were fatally shot when they responded to a domestic disturbance call in Stanton Heights early Saturday morning.

The first private funeral for one of the officers was held Monday afternoon. Mourners lined up outside of a Bloomfield funeral home to pay respects to Officer Sciullo.

Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl outlined plans for the public to pay tribute to the officers.

Kelly, Mayhle and Sciullo will lie in state at the City-County building starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday. Viewing will be allowed overnight if necessary.

The public memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.

As is the case with any fallen policemen ceremony, there will be participation from across the country.

Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper says police officers from as far away as California and Canada plan to attend.

Philadelphia Police are also helping with the ceremony.

A fund has been set up by the Fraternal Order of Police for the families.

"The fund is something which long-term there's children involved here, the families, there's a healing process, there's time for them to get on their feet and financially, initially it will be difficult for these families," Dan O'Hara, from the Pittsburgh FOP said.

Donations earmarked for the "Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund" can be sent to the following address:

Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund
Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union
1338 Chartiers Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

For more information, call the Greater Pittsburgh Police FCU at 412-922-4800 or log on to www.pittsburghpolicefop.com or www.pittsburghpolicefcu.com

All three officers were given the city's Medal of Honor and Purple Heart.

Polamalu Princess
04-06-2009, 07:10 PM
My prayers go out to all.

HometownGal
04-07-2009, 02:08 PM
O M G! :jawdrop:

http://postgazette.com/pg/09097/961068-53.stm

Critical error by 911 worker failed to note Poplawski owned guns
Call center chief admits 3 officers did not get crucial information

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
By Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Richard Poplawski's mother called 911 to ask that her son be removed from their home in Stanton Heights, she acknowledged that he had weapons. But that crucial piece of information never was relayed to the three Pittsburgh police officers who responded Saturday and were fatally shot.

"It should have gone out," Allegheny County Chief of Emergency Services Robert A. Full said yesterday.

Chief Full acknowledged that one of his employees made a mistake but said it was an anomaly considering the 911 center successfully handles almost 1.5 million calls a year.

"There was human error," Chief Full said in an evening interview at 911 headquarters in Point Breeze. "We are all living this now forever and ever."

Mr. Poplawski, 22, is accused of killing officers Paul J. Sciullo II, Stephen J. Mayhle and Eric Kelly and wounding Officer Timothy McManaway. Police said he had an AK-47, a rifle and a pistol.

Chief Full would not identify the 911 call-taker other than to say she has been on the job for less than a year, including training. She was placed on paid administrative leave and has been offered counseling.

"There is no excuse. It could have been handled better, without a doubt," Chief Full said. "If there were any kind of indications there were weapons, the dispatcher would have put it out."

Mr. Poplawski's mother, Margaret Poplawski, called 911 at 7:03 a.m. Saturday asking for police to remove her son from the Fairfield Street home.

On a recording of that call, which was played for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she sounded calm. In fact, she sounded irritated several times when she was asked to repeat basic information. She even paused twice to chide Mr. Poplawski in the background, saying, "Are you moving or what? Or the police gotta come?"

"I'm requesting that he gets out," Ms. Poplawski said, speaking on her son's cell phone to the 911 operator. "He came in last night when I was gone. ... He stays, he comes and goes, but I want him out."

"Does he have any weapons or anything?" the call-taker asked.

"Yes," Ms. Poplawski answered. There was a long pause. "They're all legal."

"OK, but he's not threatening you with anything?" the call-taker asked.

Ms. Poplawski did not answer. Instead, she said, "Look, I'm just waking up from a sleep. I want him gone."

The call ended cordially.

"OK, we'll send 'em over, OK?" the call-taker said.

"Sounds good."

Chief Full noted that Ms. Poplawski was casual and unhurried during the call and added that "probably a quarter of the houses in Allegheny County have weapons." But he also said the call-taker should have asked more questions once Ms. Poplawski acknowledged the presence of weapons -- a red flag.

Top police brass are aware of the situation, Chief Full said. No one from the department could be reached for comment last night.

However, former Fraternal Order of Police President James Malloy described such an omission as "heart-breaking."

Officers knowing that someone involved in a domestic dispute has guns would handle the situation with more caution, he said.

"You approach the house with a different attitude. You approach the house from a distance. You park your car a distance away from the house so you can hit the dirt," said Mr. Malloy, a retired sergeant.

Each call to the 911 center in Point Breeze is handled by a call-taker, who types information onto a computer screen. That information is sent electronically to a dispatcher, who reads it and sends the police officers on their assignments.

On Saturday, the call-taker typed "no weapons" on her screen -- likely a reference to no weapons being involved in the dispute at hand between Ms. Poplawski and her son.

"When she put 'no weapons,' we swear that she meant to put, 'no weapons involved,' " said Robert P. Harvey, the 911 communications manager.

She never entered any information about weapons being in the house, which is information the dispatcher likely would have broadcast to police, had she known it.

Instead, the dispatcher sent Officer Sciullo and Officer Mayhle, who were less than an hour from ending their shifts, to Fairfield Street for a "mother and son domestic." No mention was made of weapons in the brief dispatch.

County 911 officials uncovered the problem over the weekend during a standard review of how the critical incident was handled.

Chief Full described the call-taker as distraught and emotionally fragile, and he said officials had not been able to get a coherent explanation from her about why she did not ask further questions about the weapons or include the detail in the transmission to the dispatcher.

"She did extremely well in her training, and she was cleared to work the floor by all training officers," Chief Full said.

X-Terminator
04-07-2009, 02:25 PM
First of all, my condolences to the families of the officers and I hope their murderer is hung, drawn, quartered, put back together again, and then hung.

Second, I smell a HUGE lawsuit coming after that 911 call-taker screw-up.

HometownGal
04-07-2009, 04:25 PM
Second, I smell a HUGE lawsuit coming after that 911 call-taker screw-up.

Though she erred on the side of being human, I'm afraid she's TOAST.

The original story came out that Poplawski's mother told the dispatcher that there were no guns when she was asked, but now it is clear that simply wasn't true.

All I know is that if either of my kids lived with me and was stockpiling assault weapons and ammo, I sure as hell would have made it a point to question them about it. :doh:

NJarhead
04-07-2009, 05:21 PM
my grandma called and said he was a (ex?)marine.

I'm happy to say that he was not a Marine (not that we don't have our fair share of lunatics in American History):

Friends had said Poplawski had been booted out of Marine boot camp for throwing a lunch tray at a drill sergeant.

The Marines confirmed he was discharged from boot camp in Parris Island, S.C., in 2004, but said they could not disclose details because of privacy laws.

NJarhead
04-07-2009, 05:26 PM
Though she erred on the side of being human, I'm afraid she's TOAST.

The original story came out that Poplawski's mother told the dispatcher that there were no guns when she was asked, but now it is clear that simply wasn't true.

All I know is that if either of my kids lived with me and was stockpiling assault weapons and ammo, I sure as hell would have made it a point to question them about it. :doh:

What a shame, due to her inexperienced. I actually have some sympathy for her as she has to live with this on her conscience. I coudn't imagine that.

I hope they fry this sick bastard.

HometownGal
04-07-2009, 05:55 PM
I hope they fry this sick bastard.

Me thinks he'll get shanked in the County Jail at some point.

My question is (and maybe some of our law enforcement members can answer this for me) - WHY didn't one of the SWAT sharpshooters take him out when he was hanging out of the window over the garage firing at all of the officers who had arrived at the scene? I know they have to be given the command to do so, but why wasn't that command given?

New info coming out:

http://kdka.com/local/fallenheroes/Stanton.Heights.standoff.2.979013.html

Slain Officer Mayhle Nearly Took Down Poplawski

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―
Even though the police officers responding to a domestic dispute in Stanton Heights didn't know Richard Poplawski had weapons, they did not go down without a fight.

Officer Stephen Mayhle was the second officer to enter the house and was immediately met with gunfire.

But through recreating the crime scene and an interview with the suspect, police have learned that Mayhle fought on bravely and police say he would have put Poplawski down had he not been wearing a bullet-proof vest.

The two young officers arrived at the house together, unaware of the firepower on the other side of the front door.

Officer Paul Sciullo, who police say never had a chance, was immediately shot in the head by a shotgun wielding Richard Poplawski who was ready in wait.

But in recreating the crime scene and in interviews with the suspect, police have learned that Stephen Mayhle reacted swiftly and decisively and single-handedly tried to bring the incident to an end.

Police say Mayhle immediately drew his service revolver and shot Poplawski in the leg and then fired again, hitting Poplawski in the chest. It was a round that probably would have killed him except for Poplawski's bulletproof vest.

Instead, Poplawski fell to the floor his shotgun knocked from his hands. Police say Poplawski then scrambled into the bedroom where he grabbed his AK-47, as Mayhle followed into the bedroom doorway where they say Poplawksi fired, hitting Mayhle in the head.

When he was hit, Mayhle stumbled backward and collapsed in the front door. But rather than give aid, police say Poplawski stood over him and shot him several more times.

Police say they do not want to do interviews about Officer Mayhle's heroics and the heroics of other officers until after the funeral.

NJarhead
04-07-2009, 06:07 PM
Me thinks he'll get shanked in the County Jail at some point.

My question is (and maybe some of our law enforcement members can answer this for me) - WHY didn't one of the SWAT sharpshooters take him out when he was hanging out of the window over the garage firing at all of the officers who had arrived at the scene? I know they have to be given the command to do so, but why wasn't that command given?

New info coming out:

http://kdka.com/local/fallenheroes/Stanton.Heights.standoff.2.979013.html

Slain Officer Mayhle Nearly Took Down Poplawski

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―
Even though the police officers responding to a domestic dispute in Stanton Heights didn't know Richard Poplawski had weapons, they did not go down without a fight.

Officer Stephen Mayhle was the second officer to enter the house and was immediately met with gunfire.

But through recreating the crime scene and an interview with the suspect, police have learned that Mayhle fought on bravely and police say he would have put Poplawski down had he not been wearing a bullet-proof vest.

The two young officers arrived at the house together, unaware of the firepower on the other side of the front door.

Officer Paul Sciullo, who police say never had a chance, was immediately shot in the head by a shotgun wielding Richard Poplawski who was ready in wait.

But in recreating the crime scene and in interviews with the suspect, police have learned that Stephen Mayhle reacted swiftly and decisively and single-handedly tried to bring the incident to an end.

Police say Mayhle immediately drew his service revolver and shot Poplawski in the leg and then fired again, hitting Poplawski in the chest. It was a round that probably would have killed him except for Poplawski's bulletproof vest.

Instead, Poplawski fell to the floor his shotgun knocked from his hands. Police say Poplawski then scrambled into the bedroom where he grabbed his AK-47, as Mayhle followed into the bedroom doorway where they say Poplawksi fired, hitting Mayhle in the head.

When he was hit, Mayhle stumbled backward and collapsed in the front door. But rather than give aid, police say Poplawski stood over him and shot him several more times.

Police say they do not want to do interviews about Officer Mayhle's heroics and the heroics of other officers until after the funeral.

Man, hearing that makes ya even more sick. To think that at least two officers may have been saved.

HometownGal
04-08-2009, 10:08 AM
A Petition has been started imploring the DA in Pittsburgh to try this bastard for capital murder. If you agree, please click on the link below and sign the Petition.

http://www.petitiononline.com/cmurder/

XxKnightxX
04-12-2009, 12:17 PM
O M G! :jawdrop:

http://postgazette.com/pg/09097/961068-53.stm

Critical error by 911 worker failed to note Poplawski owned guns
Call center chief admits 3 officers did not get crucial information

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
By Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Richard Poplawski's mother called 911 to ask that her son be removed from their home in Stanton Heights, she acknowledged that he had weapons. But that crucial piece of information never was relayed to the three Pittsburgh police officers who responded Saturday and were fatally shot.

"It should have gone out," Allegheny County Chief of Emergency Services Robert A. Full said yesterday.

Chief Full acknowledged that one of his employees made a mistake but said it was an anomaly considering the 911 center successfully handles almost 1.5 million calls a year.

"There was human error," Chief Full said in an evening interview at 911 headquarters in Point Breeze. "We are all living this now forever and ever."

Mr. Poplawski, 22, is accused of killing officers Paul J. Sciullo II, Stephen J. Mayhle and Eric Kelly and wounding Officer Timothy McManaway. Police said he had an AK-47, a rifle and a pistol.

Chief Full would not identify the 911 call-taker other than to say she has been on the job for less than a year, including training. She was placed on paid administrative leave and has been offered counseling.

"There is no excuse. It could have been handled better, without a doubt," Chief Full said. "If there were any kind of indications there were weapons, the dispatcher would have put it out."

Mr. Poplawski's mother, Margaret Poplawski, called 911 at 7:03 a.m. Saturday asking for police to remove her son from the Fairfield Street home.

On a recording of that call, which was played for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she sounded calm. In fact, she sounded irritated several times when she was asked to repeat basic information. She even paused twice to chide Mr. Poplawski in the background, saying, "Are you moving or what? Or the police gotta come?"

"I'm requesting that he gets out," Ms. Poplawski said, speaking on her son's cell phone to the 911 operator. "He came in last night when I was gone. ... He stays, he comes and goes, but I want him out."

"Does he have any weapons or anything?" the call-taker asked.

"Yes," Ms. Poplawski answered. There was a long pause. "They're all legal."

"OK, but he's not threatening you with anything?" the call-taker asked.

Ms. Poplawski did not answer. Instead, she said, "Look, I'm just waking up from a sleep. I want him gone."

The call ended cordially.

"OK, we'll send 'em over, OK?" the call-taker said.

"Sounds good."

Chief Full noted that Ms. Poplawski was casual and unhurried during the call and added that "probably a quarter of the houses in Allegheny County have weapons." But he also said the call-taker should have asked more questions once Ms. Poplawski acknowledged the presence of weapons -- a red flag.

Top police brass are aware of the situation, Chief Full said. No one from the department could be reached for comment last night.

However, former Fraternal Order of Police President James Malloy described such an omission as "heart-breaking."

Officers knowing that someone involved in a domestic dispute has guns would handle the situation with more caution, he said.

"You approach the house with a different attitude. You approach the house from a distance. You park your car a distance away from the house so you can hit the dirt," said Mr. Malloy, a retired sergeant.

Each call to the 911 center in Point Breeze is handled by a call-taker, who types information onto a computer screen. That information is sent electronically to a dispatcher, who reads it and sends the police officers on their assignments.

On Saturday, the call-taker typed "no weapons" on her screen -- likely a reference to no weapons being involved in the dispute at hand between Ms. Poplawski and her son.

"When she put 'no weapons,' we swear that she meant to put, 'no weapons involved,' " said Robert P. Harvey, the 911 communications manager.

She never entered any information about weapons being in the house, which is information the dispatcher likely would have broadcast to police, had she known it.

Instead, the dispatcher sent Officer Sciullo and Officer Mayhle, who were less than an hour from ending their shifts, to Fairfield Street for a "mother and son domestic." No mention was made of weapons in the brief dispatch.

County 911 officials uncovered the problem over the weekend during a standard review of how the critical incident was handled.

Chief Full described the call-taker as distraught and emotionally fragile, and he said officials had not been able to get a coherent explanation from her about why she did not ask further questions about the weapons or include the detail in the transmission to the dispatcher.

"She did extremely well in her training, and she was cleared to work the floor by all training officers," Chief Full said.


Something like this is just UNEXCUSABLE, Weapons+Dispute= Bad, As a dispatcher you must address Scene Safety at all Costs to the officers, she failed horribly at it.

2. OH yeah lets keep it confidential. SHE is on paid leave, how nice.

3. This is why Documentation is absolutely important, working doing EMS, our dispatchers are taught to specifically document things while taking calls, something regarding Weapons should not be written so simply, Im sorry I may seem hard on her but just imagine, we wouldnt be talking about this if the information were to be given. I have been involved in situations like those, so human errors do happen, but the police and other public service workers are the ones running into the danger, not the dispatcher and its something that dispatchers need to keep in mind, just pretend that you are there.

TeeJay
04-12-2009, 02:58 PM
These are the three courageous officers who were so tragically murdered yesterday: :tombstone:

http://www.post-gazette.com/images4/20090404_officers_330HP.jpg

http://postgazette.com/pg/09095/960798-100.stm


Affidavit lays out details of officers' slayings

Sunday, April 05, 2009
By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Richard Poplawski, the suspect in the killing of three Pittsburgh police officers yesterday, emerged from his Stanton Heights home after shooting two of the officers and fired additional shots into one of the victims, who was sprawled on the ground near the front stoop, a report says.

A police criminal complaint described the sequence of events that began with a domestic-violence call at 7:03 a.m. and led to the shooting deaths of Officers Paul Sciullo III, Stephen J. Mayhle and Eric Kelly at 1016 Fairfield St.

The suspect's mother, Margaret Poplawski, called 911 to say that she had argued with her son after she discovered that a dog had urinated on the floor of the house. She told police she wanted him removed.

Officers Sciullo and Mayhle radioed at 7:11 that they had arrived at the home. Mrs. Poplawski told police she opened the door and told police "come and take his ass."

When the officers were 10 feet into the residence, "she heard gunshots, turned and saw her son about six feet away with a long rifle in his hands, at which point she fled downstairs after asking him 'what the hell have you done?''' according to the report.

An unidentified witness in another house on Fairfield Street, awakened by gunfire, looked out the window and saw an officer down near the front stoop and a man standing in the doorway. The witness saw the suspect fire two or three more shots into the downed officer, later identified as Officer Mayhle, before going back inside.

Officer Timothy McManaway arrived at 7:17 and found Officer Kelly, who had responded as backup, wounded and down near his sport-utility vehicle on the street.

As he checked on Officer Kelly, more gunfire erupted from the house. Office McManaway was hit in the hand by gunfire or shrapnel as he returned fire. He later pulled Officer Kelly to cover behind the SUV. Paramedics arrived and took Officer Kelly to UPMC Presbyterian, where he died.

The report quoted Mrs. Poplawski as saying her son, after being kicked out of the Marine Corps for assaulting his drill sergeant during basic training, had been "stockpiling guns and ammunition, buying and selling the weapons online, because he believed that as a result of the economic collapse, the police were no longer able to protect society."

Mr. Poplawski was taken into custody after a siege of several hours. He faces three counts of homicide and numerous other charges.

This is the SOB who murdered these officers and personally, I think his mother bears some responsibility for her son's actions here, as she clearly knew he was stockpiling weapons and ammo and had some serious "issues". :mad:


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R.I.P Officiers

And HTG, there are probably a lot of concrete steps the SOB (that was very refrained of you!) has to traverse to get to the cells, and who knows?...........he could easily accidently stumble down one of them, and then a few officers could accidently stamp on his face as they went to help him.

Now that's called protecting society Mrs Poplawski......

X-Terminator
04-12-2009, 08:11 PM
Just as an aside - Officer Kelly was laid out at the White Memorial Chapel, which is owned by a family friend and is where my uncle and grandmother were laid out prior to their funerals. So there's a little bit of a connection to my family in this tragedy.

HometownGal
04-12-2009, 09:17 PM
R.I.P Officiers

And HTG, there are probably a lot of concrete steps the SOB (that was very refrained of you!) has to traverse to get to the cells, and who knows?...........he could easily accidently stumble down one of them, and then a few officers could accidently stamp on his face as they went to help him.

Now that's called protecting society Mrs Poplawski......

He's already had his ass kicked by, I presume, the Pittsburgh Police :applaudit: as they took him to the County Jail after he murdered those officers in cold blood. His mug shot clearly shows the left side of his face a bit "messed up" and swollen:

http://llnw.image.cbslocal.com/20/2009/04/07/320x240/richardpoplawski.jpg


Several of my friends are Corrections Officers and have told me stories of how inmates who are "cop-killers" and abuse women and children have these unfortunate "accidents" - IF one of their fellow jailbirds don't shank 'em first.

I only wish one of the SWAT snipers would have taken him out with one shot between the eyes.

I went downtown late last Wednesday evening to pay my respects to these fallen heroes as they lay in repose at the City County Building. There were a lot of officers there and I thanked every one of them and shook their hands thanking them for everything they do to protect all of us. Police officers are probably the most unappreciated people out there. :shake01: