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.
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.
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.