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Saturday, March 30, 2013, 1:21 a.m.
 

A Munhall officer credited with arresting a man who barricaded himself in a home after fatally shooting his mother is expected to be recognized by the borough.

Detective Jamie Caterino was able to talk to and apprehend 41-year-old Anthony Scholl on Thursday.

Scholl allegedly killed his mother Bernadette Scholl, 74, of Munhall in her home in the Munhall-Homestead Housing Association at Longfellow Drive.

Allegheny County Police assistant superintendent James Morton said Anthony Scholl shot his mother sometime Wednesday night, and later called his siblings to tell them about the murder.

Scholl ran upstairs when police arrived.

Munhall police Chief Pat Campbell said Caterino knows Anthony and the Scholl family.

“He was able to talk him to a place where he was comfortable showing himself,” Campbell said. “He was behind closed doors. Jamie got him out.”

Campbell paraphrased some of the discussion Caterino had with Anthony Scholl.

“I know you don't want to hurt me. I don't want to hurt you,” the chief said of the conversation.

Caterino had Anthony Scholl show his hands, and tazed him as part of the apprehension.

“I've been in contact with him constantly since then,” Campbell said. “He's OK. The victim was Jamie's second cousin. It was a very tough situation ... Maybe just having someone that (Anthony Scholl) knew and had known all his life made the situation end the way it did.”

Anthony Scholl was taken to Allegheny County Jail. He's charged with homicide and weapons violations. Investigators recovered numerous firearms from the room where he was barricaded. A journal with different ramblings, including the shooting of Bernadette Scholl, also was recovered.

“Munhall (police) did an excellent job as far as securing the scene and taking him into custody,” Morton said at the scene.

Allegheny County SWAT, West Homestead, Homestead and West Mifflin police also responded.

“I think everybody there that was involved did a fine job and an excellent job,” Campbell said. “I didn't know the actor. I didn't know his mom. I knew some of the other family members and it's very tragic.”

“I'm pleased it turned out how it did,” Munhall Mayor Raymond Bodnar said. “They did a fine job getting him out of there. I'm very pleased. I got nothing but the highest praise for them and how they're handling themselves.”

Campbell said he's talked with Bodnar several times about a way to recognize Caterino for his efforts.

“This is not the only occasion he has excelled and showed his dedication,” Campbell said. “It's not just (Thursday). It's a culmination of things ... He deserves it. Aside from him being one of my officers, he's one of my close friends.”

Caterino, a full-time Munhall officer for at least the past six years, was instrumental in investigating a Homestead heroin-trafficking ring.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials unsealed the indictments of 34 people allegedly involved with the drug activity earlier this month.

Campbell also noted Caterino was quick to respond to the fatal shooting of John Sumpter IV, 32, of Pittsburgh near Club Pink in Munhall on March 3.

Paul Barone, 23, of Munhall is charged with homicide and a weapons violation in connection with that incident.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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