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Police officer returns fire, kills homicide suspect

July 15, 2019

PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania police officer returned fire and killed one of two homicide suspects following discovery of a man shot to death in a car.

Allegheny County police superintendent Coleman McDonough says the body of 30-year-old Joshua Antonio Makhanda-Lopez was found in a Penn Hills apartment parking lot just before 9 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses said suspects fled to a nearby home. Three of four males inside came out, but one remained inside and was found in a basement.

McDonough says 20-year-old Onaje Dickinson emerged and began firing at an officer, who returned fire, killing him. Police say Dickinson and a 15-year-old are believed to have killed Lopez after he was lured to the scene in a robbery conspiracy. The teen faces homicide, robbery, conspiracy and weapons charges.

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