Man fatally shoots mother in Munhall
Homicide investigators say they are not aware of a dispute before a woman was fatally shot in her Munhall home.
Her son, Anthony Scholl, 41, was arrested on Thursday after a standoff with Allegheny County SWAT officers at the home in the Munhall-Homestead Housing Association on Longfellow Drive.
He is accused of killing Bernadette Scholl, 74, on Wednesday night.
“There was no dispute,” said James Morton, county assistant police superintendent. “We believe he just shot his mother sometime during the night.”
Morton said Scholl called one of his sisters to tell her that he had killed their mother.
Another sister was at the home when officers came to arrest Scholl about 10 a.m. Thursday. The woman, who was not identified, ran from the residence when police arrived and was not harmed.
The standoff began when Scholl refused to come out and fled to the second floor, police said.
Judy Joyner, a friend of Bernadette Scholl, said she and other friends tried to persuade the victim not to let her son live with her because of his mental state.
“I talked with her last night,” Joyner said. “It was a normal good night — ‘love you, God bless you.' That was her famous saying.”
Virginia Cannon, who lives several doors away from the Scholls, said she rushed home from her job in Homestead after getting telephone calls about the standoff because her two teenage sons and their friend were at the house.
Cannon said she knew the Scholl family, but she stayed away from Anthony Scholl.
She said Bernadette Scholl was “a wonderful woman.”
Eric Smith, who lives near the Scholls, said he occasionally spoke to Anthony Scholl and was aware that he had firearms.
Scholl was in the Allegheny County Jail on Thursday night awaiting arraignment on charges of homicide and weapons violations.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com. Staff writer Tony LaRussa contributed to this report.
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