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Body discovered following standoff of several hours

Heavily armed Pittsburgh police officers found the body of a man inside a West Oakland apartment building where a gunman had barricaded himself several hours earlier.

City police Cmdr. Timothy O’Connor said detectives are trying to determine if the victim who was found with a gunshot wound in the head about 11 p.m. was the gunman.

The incident began about 8 p.m. when a woman told police that a second-floor tenant in an apartment building in the 100 block of Moultrie Street off Fifth Avenue fired a shotgun at her when she went to collect the rent.

When police arrived, they heard at least one gunshot and saw a small fire on the second floor of the two-story brick building, O’Connor said.

SWAT officers used an armored vehicle to protect firefighters who were able to douse the fire from outside the building.


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