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Police file charges against man shot during robbery in Homewood

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By Margaret Harding
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 2:36 p.m.
 

Pittsburgh police filed charges against a man who was shot during a robbery on Wednesday in Homewood.

Police on Friday obtained an arrest warrant for Edward Brown, 32, no address given, charging him with robbery and recklessly endangering another person. Brown was hospitalized in critical condition at UPMC Mercy under the name Andrew Ferguson, police wrote in a criminal complaint. It is unclear why that name was used.

Triangle Candy and Tobacco Co. security guard John Carter, 53, told police that he and a driver were making deliveries and pickups for the company when they arrived at a store on Hamilton Avenue about 3:30 p.m.

Carter said the driver was taking items inside the store when he saw a man, whom police identified on Friday as Brown, in the back of the truck grabbing a money bag.

Carter told him to stop, but the man grabbed the bag and ran, the complaint said. Carter told police that he saw the man turn toward him and reach into his waistband as he chased him, the complaint said. He heard someone yell, “Watch out!” and heard footsteps behind him. He told police that he drew his gun and fired one shot at the man, who then dropped the bag of money and kept running.

Carter recovered the money and waited for police. He is a certified security agent, police said, and has a license to carry a firearm. Detectives took the Walther P99 .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol as evidence, the complaint said.

Officers found Brown on Tioga Street with a gunshot wound.

Police said a review of surveillance video of a man taking items out of a truck matches Carter's account of what happened.

The owner of Triangle Candy, Scott Frankel, told police that the money bag should have contained $1,159. The bag recovered by officers had $798 inside.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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