Around 9:00am on Friday morning, August 31, police received a call about an attempted robbery at a home near a monastery in Pittsburgh. By the time they arrived, they found the body of Daniel Ling, 18, of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, lying on the porch. Ling had been shot with his own gun after the homeowner caught him breaking in and wrestled the gun away from him to defend himself.
After being taken to the hospital and treated for a non-critical gash on his head, the resident was taken to police headquarters for questioning. Meanwhile, police spent five hours gathering evidence at the crime scene.
No arrests have been made at this time, and from our perspective, this appears to be a clear-cut self-defense case.
“I’m glad I wasn’t (home) because my bedroom’s right next to that house. A stray bullet could have come right through the wall,” neighbor William Tyhurst said in an interview. “That house, it looks like there’s some windows knocked out in the back. The air conditioner is ripped out of the window.”
“It’s unusual because I haven’t heard of any break-ins around here or anything. But I don’t know. You have to be careful anymore and defend yourself, I guess,” he added.
You guess right, Mr. Tyhurst.
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