Gunman fatally shot by police after ‘hundreds of rounds’ fired in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, near children’s hospital on Wednesday, Aug 23
William “Bill” Hardison allegedly opened fire on Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies when they arrived at his home on Wednesday morning to serve an eviction notice
Hardison, a 63-year-old veteran, was shot by police after hours of rounds being fired at the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street
Relatives said the Hardison believed he had a right to the home he had shared with his late brother in Pittsburgh, and repulsed attempts at eviction
The property was sold for tax defaults, he refused to let the new owners take possession, barricaded himself in when eviction notice was to be served and shot down two drones sent out by law enforcement
Rounds of gunfire could be heard throughout the day, – 1,000 rounds by some accounts – with a third drone deployed to locate him in the home
Police source named the man as William Bill Hardison, 63, according to WPXI-TV, while relatives said the house on Broad Street in Garfield had been owned by his recently deceased brother
A gunman who fired “hundreds of rounds” near a Pittsburgh children’s hospital on Wednesday has been shot and killed following a wild standoff with police.
Relatives said the gunman, Bill Hardison, believed he had a right to the home he shared with his late brother on the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street in Pittsburgh. Repelling attempts at eviction, he was killed Wednesday by cops after hours of intense gunfighting
William “Bill” Hardison, 63, allegedly opened fire on Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies when they arrived at his home in the Garfield neighborhood Wednesday morning to serve an eviction notice, according to CBS News.
Pittsburgh police respond to an active shooting scene in the 4800 block of Broad Street in the Pittsburgh, on Wednesday afternoon. Over 1,000 rounds reportedly fired
Relatives said Bill Hardison believed he had a right to the home he shared with his late brother on the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street in Pittsburgh. Repelling attempts at eviction, he was killed Wednesday by cops after hours of intense gunfighting
Hardison was shot by police after exchanging an estimated 1,000 rounds rounds of gunfire that lasted hours, at the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street.
Officials confirmed Hardison was killed after the final gunfire exchange.
The gunman had barricaded himself in the house and had shot down two drones sent out by law enforcement.
Gunfire could be heard throughout the day, with a third drone deployed to locate him in the home.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers responded to an active shooting situation in Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, escalating to a massive shootout with a man fighting eviction, lasting four and half hours. Suspect was pronounced dead shortly after 5 pm
SWAT remove a person from a home on Broad Street. William “Bill” Hardison, 63, allegedly opened fire on cops who came to serve an eviction notice was killed after a shoot out with cops on Wednesday morning
Family member Marlene Jones [photo], speaking to CBS during the standoff, said Hardison’s mental health had deteriorated over the past year
No officers were shot, as a result of the incident, but a deputy was injured in a fall.
Deputies were at the scene to evict Hardison, who was squatting at a home that belonged to his late brother, who died a few months ago.
KDKA-TV reports being told that while the home belonged to Hardison’s brother, who passed away months ago, another man named “William Hardison” was also listed on the deed. However, the home sold in February at a sheriff’s sale for $25,000.
According to Ed Krug, the attorney for the buyers, Hardison allegedly, claimed that he had a right to the house and refused to leave even after it was sold off in a tax sale,
Krug told WPXI 11 that he had warned the sheriff’s office that an eviction could turn violent based on “observations” at the home. Consequently, seven deputies were deployed for the exercise.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies are seen outside the home in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where the occupant was still inside – exchanging fire with cops – on Wednesday afternoon
Pittsburgh’s SWAT team has taken over the scene, with officials describing it as an “extremely active situation with shots continuing to be fired.”
Chris Wilkinson, who witnessed the shooting, said officers had arrived on the block Wednesday morning and were banging on the door where the first shot first rang out.
“They were banging on it telling him they were there,” Wilkinson told CBS News.
“And after a couple of minutes of them doing it, they started to kick down the door.
“Then they got a sledgehammer and took down the door, and after that shots started to be fired,” he added.
As the gunfight unfolded, multiple rounds were heard reverberating throughout the neighborhood, with neighbors describing the experience as surreal.
SWAT teams outside a home on Broad Street, Pittsburgh on Wednesday
Commending the efforts of the officers who brought the event to conclusion while minimizing casualties, Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin Kraus on Wednesday evening recounted the ‘unexpected’ four and half hour gun fight that left officers calling in additional ammunition and triggered a city SWAT response.
The gunman was shooting out of the first- and second-floor windows and through the wall, Kraus said.
Multiple agencies joined Pittsburgh police in response to the situation, including the Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s, the Attorney General’s Office, the ATF and the FBI.
The suspect is believed to be barricaded in the block, prompting multiple SWAT teams to respond to the call on Wednesday
Bystanders watch as cops respond to gunfire in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Wednesday
“I’ve never heard bullets like this,” one neighbor near the scene told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Something you’d see in a movie.”
UPMC Children’s Hospital said the shooting is taking place about half a mile away, with the gunfire posing “no direct threat to patients, staff or visitors.”
The hospital, however, noted that it will be increasing security around its campus throughout the day.