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McKeesport man wanted in shooting nabbed in Elizabeth Township

Michael DiVittorio
| Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:01 a.m.
Alexander Erb
McKeesport Police
Alexander Erb

A McKeesport man wanted for attempted homicide in connection with a shooting incident in the city was apprehended late Friday morning in Elizabeth Township.

Alexander Erb, 25, was apprehended following a standoff along the 200 block of Milton Street.

Township police responded to the area at 11:09 a.m. after receiving an anonymous tip from a caller informing them of Erb's location.

Erb was wanted on charges of criminal attempt-homicide, recklessly endangering another person, aggravated assault, simple assault by physical menace, firearms not to be carried without a license and criminal mischief.

Charges stem from an incident on March 1 shortly before midnight near the intersection of Packer and Stewart streets, when Erb allegedly opened fire on a 23-year-old McKeesport man.

McKeesport police responded to the area for calls of shots fired.

The victim reportedly went to Packer Street to purchase marijuana with a woman; an altercation occurred and Erb opened fire on the man, according to McKeesport police.

No injuries were reported.

On Friday, officers observed the man, later identified as Erb, at the Milton Street residence through a rear sliding glass door, according to a township police report.

He saw police and appeared to lock the door and disappeared into the structure.

Police from Lincoln, Clairton, Elizabeth, Allegheny County and McKeesport were notified. Allegheny County SWAT was dispatched, but were called off a short time later when Erb and another woman exited the house.

Erb was transported to the McKeesport police station and later Allegheny County Jail. The woman was taken to Elizabeth Township police headquarters for questioning. Township police said no charges were filed against her.

While inside the house, Erb reportedly smoked a cigarette, made several phone calls and told the woman inside, “They're here. It's over,” township police reports state.

“We had been actively pursuing him since the incident occurred,” McKeesport Capt. of Detectives Tim Hanna said. “We had information on several different towns in where he may have been.”

Hanna said officers went to the township address previously, but did not find Erb. He lauded the efforts of Elizabeth Township police and other law enforcement officers for their assistance in locating and arresting the suspect.

“We're glad that he's in custody and not roaming the streets,” Hanna said.

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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