Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2009.
Domestic dispute, police are called. 22 yr old Richard Andrew Poplawski was fighting with his mother because Richard's dog had messed in the house. The two had a volatile relationship anyhow, and tensions were high.
Richard's mother told police that she wanted her son to leave the house.
Nobody was ready for what happened next.
Richard was a member of Stormfront, a white supremacist website where he frequently posted. He had a secret arsenal. On this day, knowing police were coming, He put on his bulletproof vest, and he waited for the police to show up.
As the officers approached, Officer Sciullo was immediately shot in the head. Officer Mayhle was shot seconds later. Officer Eric Kelly was driving home after his night shift, but he came running when he heard the call for help. He was shot trying to help Officers Scuiullo and Mayhle. Officer Timothy McManaway arrived a short time later and was shot as he tried to help Officer Kelly, whom he saw waving. McManaway was able to seek cover and return fire.
Thankfully, SWAT arrived soon after this, along with officer backup. But police were still unable to secure the scene and help fellow injured officers.
Officers Kelly, Sciullo, and Mayhle died from their injuries.
Hundreds of shots were fired. There was a standoff which lasted over 4 hours. In the end, Richard did surrender, but only when he was shot in the leg.
Richard was sentenced to death by lethal injection. He was scheduled to be executed March 3rd, 2017, but it was stayed.
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