3 Pittsburgh Officers Slain
Sun, 05 Apr 2009
Upset about losing his job and fearful President Obama was poised to ban guns, Richard Poplawski, armed to the teeth and wearing a bulletproof vest, took the lives of three Pittsburgh police officers.
Poplawski fired at them as he was “lying in wait” after his mother, who was in the basement during the ordeal, called the police.
The shooting comes on the heels of the shooting in Oakland, where four officers lost their lives.
Poplawski is in custody after receiving gunshot wounds to both legs.
[Posted By shades]
By Ramit Plushnick-Masti and Dan Nephin
Republished from Associated Press
Shooter was distraught about loss of job and belief that Obama would take his guns.
PITTSBURGH, April 4 — A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.
Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting was unclear, but friends of the gunman said that he recently had been upset about losing his job and feared that the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.
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