Washington man’s death ruled homicide 15 years after Downtown robbery left him paralyzed
Officials have ruled as homicide the Tuesday death of a former Boy Scout leader who was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he was shot in the spine during a 2003 robbery at a Downtown Pittsburgh parking garage.
Michael Lahoff, 66, of Washington was pronounced dead about 11:15 a.m. at Lifecare Hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
The office said the death was a result of the spinal injury caused by the gunshot wound. It was unclear how the ruling may affect the gunman, who admitted to the shooting and was convicted of attempted homicide.
Lahoff, who lived in Mt. Lebanon at the time of the shooting, was a copy machine repairman and assistant Scoutmaster. He ran the Scouts’ swimming advancement program for the Conestoga District and taught religious classes at a Mt. Lebanon church.
Lahoff was injured in a shooting in January 2003 on the seventh floor of the Smithfield-Liberty parking garage. He was shot twice, in the collar bone and spine.
Marty Allen Armstrong of Springdale and Lamont Fulton of Crafton Heights went to prison for shooting and robbing Lahoff.
The pair robbed Lahoff of $15.
Armstrong used a stolen pistol to shoot Lahoff. He confessed to the robbery and shooting and was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.
Fulton received five to 10 years in prison and was released in 2011, court records show.
On Jan. 3, 2003, Lahoff was sitting on the bumper of his Ford Escort and looking up in a manual a part for a copier he serviced at a nearby building when the two men approached.
Lahoff said he handed over his wallet and begged for his life. Then he was shot.
Fulton was convicted of robbery, assault and being part of criminal conspiracy. A charge of attempted homicide was withdrawn.
Armstrong pleaded guilty to robbery, assault and a criminal conspiracy charge. He was convicted of attempted homicide.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.