Suspect in fatal shooting in downtown Pittsburgh faces new charges related to SWAT situation – WPXI
PITTSBURGH — A man identified as a suspect in a fatal shooting in downtown Pittsburgh faces new charges.
Erique Collington, 18, was arrested Thursday after Pittsburgh police identified him as a suspect in a fatal shooting in downtown Pittsburgh.
On Thursday, police filed criminal homicide and several other firearms charges against Collilngton in connection with the shooting. A separate set of additional charges were filed Saturday for a SWAT situation that arose in December.
The SWAT situation began on December 19 when police executed an arrest warrant on Brighton Road in Brighton Heights. The wanted person refused to come out of the house and SWAT was called to the scene. Police said several people were inside the home at the time of the situation, including Collington.
Court documents show that 16 people were eventually arrested outside the house. Police said they searched everyone inside, including Collington, for firearms and evidence. Officers found nothing on Collington’s person, so he was released from the scene after giving officers his demographic information.
Two people with active warrants for their arrest were arrested at the Brighton Road scene.
Police searched the house on Brighton Road and found a loaded gun in a dresser drawer. It was black and raced and had a dark green colored handle.
Officers said Collington posted a video of himself dancing to a song while handling the same rifle police found in the home. The video also showed Collington loading the gun with the same ammunition that was in the gun when it was recovered by officers. The gun seen in the video was also black and tan with a dark green colored grip. The video was posted about three days before the SWAT situation.
Surveillance footage from inside the home, which was an AirBnB, showed Collington repeatedly carrying the gun and carrying it to the room where officers found it.
Police said they did not see anyone else with the weapon.
Collington is considered a non-gun owner as he was found to be an offender on July 22, 2021.
Collington is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail. He has a preliminary hearing for both sets of charges on January 27.
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