The suspect involved in an “extremely active” shooting in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood was found dead after a several-hour standoff. The suspect, identified as William Hardison, was discovered deceased when law enforcement entered the house. The incident began when officers attempted to serve an eviction notice, resulting in gunfire from the occupant of the residence. One sergeant sustained a minor non-gunfire related injury during the incident.
Gunshots, estimated in the hundreds, were heard in the area, and the suspect fired at officers and shot down two police drones. The ongoing situation prompted authorities to ask the public to avoid the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street. Officers were seen rescuing a neighbor from a house during the incident.
The suspect, William Hardison, was scheduled for eviction on the morning of the incident. The property, located on Broad Street, was previously owned by Hardison’s father, who sold it earlier this year.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Allegheny County SWAT team and Pennsylvania State Police, responded to the scene. Officers began evacuating residents from the affected houses and urged those inside to shelter in place and dial 911 for assistance.