Murder suspect arrested after SWAT standoff

By Steve Pope | August 9, 2018

Pittsburgh police arrested a man late Wednesday after a standoff that lasted several hours with a SWAT team and charged him with homicide in connection with a shooting that occured around 12:45 p.m. on Brownsville Road.

A Pittsburgh homicide detective alleged in a criminal complaint that Earl Jackson, 32, of Pittsburgh, argued with the victim identified as Tamon Hatchin and then shot him three times with a 9mm Glock handgun.

A witness, according to police, was speaking with Mr. Hatchin at the corner of Marland Street and Brownsville Road when Jackson pulled up in a blue SUV.

The unnamed witness said that Mr. Hatchin told him he didn’t know Jackson. Moments later after a brief argument, Jackson retrieved the handgun from his waist and shot Mr. Hatchin.

After paramedics transported him to Mercy Hospital, Mr. Hatchin was pronounced dead at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Around 7:45 p.m. police acting on a tip located Jackson at a home in the 200 block of Steuben Street and made several unsuccessful attempts to communicate with him and then requested a SWAT team and a crisis negotiator respond.

Shortly after 11 p.m. after repeated efforts urging Mr. Jackson to surrender, the Pittsburgh SWAT team entered the home and took Mr. Jackson into custody.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 22. He faces one count of criminal homicide as well as weapons charges.

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