06/03/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Pittsburgh, PA – The mother of a man charged with the murder of three police officers filed a lawsuit against Allegheny County on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, seeking finances to cover the damage done to her home during the April 2009 shootout that occurred between her son and the officers, as reported by The Boston Globe.
Margaret Poplawski, mother to Richard Poplawski, claims her home is now worthless because a 911 officer failed to pass on information that her son had weapons at the residence. She claims her home is unlivable and worthless now.
Richard Poplawski has been charged with three counts of criminal homicide for the shootings of officers Eric Kelly, Paul Sciullo II and Stephen Mayhle, along with one count of aggravated assault for shooting Officer Timothy McManaway in the hand.
On Saturday April 4, 2009, MSNBC reported that Pittsburgh police officers responded to a 7 a.m. domestic disturbance call when Richard Poplawski met them in the doorway. He reportedly shot two officers in the head immediately, according to police.
He was armed with an assault rifle and two other guns during the four-hour stand off that ensued, while the two wounded officers lay bleeding and out of reach for rescue. Over 100 rounds were fired by the SWAT teams and Poplawski. Poplawski suffered gunshot wounds in his legs.
The 911 call had come from Poplawski’s mother, who hid in the basement during the entire event. She escaped the situation unharmed.
The 23-year-old man was reportedly upset about losing his job.
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