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Pittsburgh Domestic Violence Incident Turns Fatal

Pittsburgh Domestic Violence Incident Turns Fatal


A case of Pittsburgh domestic violence reportedly turned fatal when a son-in-law attacked his estranged wife's father, reportedly shooting him to death in her home.

Pittsburgh domestic violence defense lawyers understand that the corner has reported the alleged victim was shot and killed after the son-in-law reportedly broke into his estranged wife's home sometime just before 1 a.m. He was reportedly armed with two weapons - a handgun and a rifle.

The father-in-law reportedly tried to diffuse the situation by talking to the suspect. However, when the father-in-law then put his own gun into his back pocket during what was reportedly a heated discussion, the son-in-law shot him.

It was that single gunshot wound to the neck that reportedly resulted in his death, according to the coroner. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At that point, the suspect then charged from room to room, searching for his wife. She was hiding in an upstairs bedroom. Her children and mother were hiding in an attic.

What he may not have realized, however, was that his estranged wife was also armed. When he entered the bedroom, she reportedly fired her gun twice, wounding the suspect.

Once the police arrived, the suspect was reportedly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and then released to the custody of police. He is charged with criminal homicide.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the suspect had reportedly been served with a restraining order several weeks ago. Then, just hours before the encounter, he had been served with divorce papers.

The woman's parents were staying with her because they feared the estranged husband would come and hurt their daughter and grandchildren.

In cases such as this, where there may be a fair amount of evidence against the defendant, sometimes the criminal defense attorney will advise to try to negotiate a plea deal. That's because your attorney isn't likely to be able to argue mistaken identity or self-defense. Insanity defenses are possible, but rare and often tough to win. A plea deal can sometimes be the best chance that a suspect has to increase their chances that they will one day be released from prison.

Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side throughout the process is going to ensure the most favorable outcome possible, given the circumstances of your case.