Citizen complaints serve as the beginning of a large number of police investigations. When a complaint comes in and an officer responds to the scene, their investigation may lead far beyond what the original complaint was for. In a recent case, where a complaint came in for a domestic disturbance, police have taken a Pennsylvania man into custody on gun charges as well as several other offenses.
Items that may be left behind by others in one's car can sometimes later cause problems for the driver. In one such example, a Pennsylvania man who was pulled over for speeding is now facing gun charges for a weapon found in a purse in his car. He explained to the police that the gun and the purse belonged to his wife.
Three Pittsburgh men were allegedly involved in a recent shooting, and the mother of two of these men now faces a charge of tampering with evidence. The incident occurred in the early hours of a Sunday morning and resulted in one man suffering injury when a bullet became lodged in his vertebra. One of the accused was arrested on gun charges, but all three men face a number of criminal counts following the incident.
When someone is accused of committing a crime, even if they are not guilty, their entire life can be permanently affected. One young man in Pennsylvania is facing weapons charges for reportedly stealing guns and rifles from a home. The man was arrested and was held pending further legal proceedings in his case.
An Allegheny County woman was arrested on March 11 and taken to jail on suspicion of weapons charges in connection with a shooting at a local bar. While the woman was not involved in the shooting, which ended in one person dead and another in critical condition, but her son was the alleged shooter. Authorities say that the woman was a straw buyer of some of the guns her son allegedly used in the shooting.
A Pittsburgh man who authorities once described as one of the top drug traffickers in Western Pennsylvania says he is a changed man since his release from prison after six-plus years. Federal prosecutors appear to agree. Despite recently charging the man with a weapons crime, the U.S. attorney prosecuting the case worked out a plea agreement in which the man was sentenced to four months in prison, with most of that being credited as time served.
No weapons charges will be filed against a western Pennsylvania man whose son was killed in a gun accident in December, the Mercer County District Attorney said on Jan. 16. The chief prosecutor concluded that the father did not knowingly violate state weapons laws when a handgun he was trying to sell went off unexpectedly, fatally wounding his 7-year-old son.
When there is a crime involving a gun in Pittsburgh, often police will investigate whether someone other than the suspect is the named owner of the gun. In those cases, the titular owner can face serious weapons charges, even if he or she had nothing to do with the crime.
Pittsburgh readers may be interested to know that the owner of a pistol that an 8-year-old boy stole and brought it to school will not be charged with a weapons crime, authorities in the state where the incident occurred said. Though school officials acknowledge that the gun was unloaded and the boy did not mean any harm, he apparently will be suspended for the rest of the school year.
An Eastern Pennsylvania man has been arrested on charges that he purchased guns for a convicted felon. The man with the felony record shot and killed a police officer on Sep. 13 before committing suicide. Authorities say the gun used in that shooting was one of nine firearms the accused man purchased on the convicted felon's behalf. They described the suspect made "straw purchases" of the guns by representing that they were for himself.