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Homicide suspect shoots self in Knoxville house


September 13, 2011

Pittsburgh Police officers responded to 27 Grape Street in Knoxville on Friday, Sept. 9, at 10:30 p.m. looking for Justin Currington, 17, from Perrysville Ave. who was believed to be armed and dangerous and a suspect in a recent homicide.

On arrival, zone three police set up a perimeter around the house verbally announced their presence with a mobile loud speaker system. SWAT officers were summoned to the scene after the occupants inside the building turned off the lights.

While waiting for SWAT to arrive, officers heard one gunshot from inside the residence. Suddenly five individuals began to exit the building with their hands above their heads.

Justin Currington

Two women who exited the residence told the police they needed to go inside the house because a man had shot himself. Offices tactically entered the residence and found a black man in a second floor bedroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

On scene paramedics provided aid and transported Mr. Currington to Mercy Hospital in very critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at 2:18 a.m. Family members were at the hospital at that time.

Mr. Currington did not have a current warrant but was a key suspect in a recent homicide on September 8 in the 1600 block of Sandusky Court where 18 year old Timothy Harris was shot to death.


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