The situation started when seven Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a home on Broad Street to conduct a court-ordered eviction there around 10:25 a.m.
Investigators say the suspect, who hasn’t been named, immediately opened fire on the deputies.
“They began to take cover, returned fire and engaged in a pretty significant gun battle,” said Sheriff Kevin Kraus.
SWAT crews arrived to help stabilize the scene. Other law enforcement agencies were also called.
Officials say, after hours of gunfire and attempts to negotiate, the suspect was pronounced dead by EMS just after 5 p.m.
No officers were shot, but officials say one officer was injured while jumping over a partition to take cover.
Officials believe there were no other injuries in the situation, which remains under investigation at this time.
Throughout the day, Pittsburgh Public Safety posted updates on the situation on X, the social media site formally known as Twitter.
In a post shortly after noon on Wednesday, officials said, “officers are beginning to evacuate people from the houses in the 4800 block of Broad Street.”
Trooper Rocco Gagliardi of the Pennsylvania State Police spoke with media around 1:30 p.m., saying they were taking over the investigation. The goal was to end this as safely as possible, he said as shots could be heard in the background.
The suspect was reportedly barricaded inside a house, with gunfire going back and forth. Drones were also being used, Gagliardi said.
Those in the area were told to shelter in place at first but police said people had been evacuated from the area.
In an earlier post, at about 11 a.m., officials said, “Avoid the 4800 block of Broad Street and N. Mathilda Street in the Garfield neighborhood due to an active shooting situation.”
A follow-up post stated, “This is an extremely active situation with shots continuing to be fired. Please avoid the area at this time.”