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by Peter Moskos

April 4, 2009

3 Pittsburgh Police Officers Killed

Three officers killed. Two wounded. This is too soon after Oakland.

22-year-old man with bulletproof vest and assault riffle kills officers responding to a domestic call at 7:30am. The wounded cop killer surrendered to police at 11am.
Some of the wounded officers remained for a time where they fell because other officers could not reach them because of the continuing fusillade.... SWAT officers were pinned down, with their protective shields up, at an adjacent house.
Other friends said Mr. Poplawski had several guns, including an AK-47 assault-type rifle, a .357 Magnum revolver, a .380-caliber handgun and a .45-caliber handgun. They also said they believed he had not been getting along with his mother.
Former classmates said they were surprised by this morning's events. [A friend said the killer] was opposed to "Zionist propaganda" and was fearful that his right to own weapons would be taken away.

"He always said that if someone tried to take his weapons away he would do what his forefathers told him to do and defend himself."
Read the whole story by Michael Fuoco and Jerome Sherman in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

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