Man charged in 2017 attempted homicide in Tarentum found dead in jail cell

By Terri Hill | September 9, 2018

A 64-year-old Tarentum man who was charged in the 2017 attempted murder of his son was found dead inside his cell Saturday afternoon by an Allegheny County Jail corrections officer.

“At approximately 4:40 p.m., an officer making rounds on Pod 8D noticed that a cell window on the pod had been covered. Attempts to make contact with the inmate in that were unsuccessful. The officers on duty opened the cell and found the inmate, a 64-year-old male, unresponsive in the cell with bindings around his neck,” said Warden Orlando Harper in a statement.

Medical aid including CPR was administered by jail workers until paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at 4:54 p.m., the statement said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Dana Abraham.

According to media reports and court documents, Abraham was arrested by county police on July 24 after he threatened to shoot his wife and fired shots at his son during a dispute.

During an argument Abraham’s son and wife fled to a neighbor’s house, followed by Abraham while firing shots towards his son. Inside the house police say he held a gun to his wife’s head and threatened to shoot her.

Police from surrounding communities and the Allegheny County Police SWAT team responded. After a brief search, police found Abraham hiding behind an automobile repair shop.

According to online court records Abraham was scheduled scheduled for a non-jury trial in November before Judge Randal Todd.

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