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Police accuse McKees Rocks man in fatal shooting on Fourth of July

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

Pittsburgh police used a nickname database to zero in on a suspect in a fatal shooting at a Fourth of July barbecue in Homewood, court records show.

Police obtained an arrest warrant on Monday for Zachary Threats, 36, of McKees Rocks, charging him with homicide, carrying a gun without a license and burglary.

He is accused of shooting Kaamil Arnold, 30, as Arnold brought food into the kitchen of his Tioga Street home about 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses told police the man, later identified as Threats, was able to get into the home because Arnold had the door propped open, according to a criminal complaint. The witnesses told police that they heard the nickname of the shooter was “Ouga,” the complaint said.

Detectives used the police computer database of nicknames to find someone who goes by “Ouga” and produced a photo array of eight black males with similar features, the complaint said.

Witnesses chose the photo of Threats from the array. Pittsburgh police on Tuesday also charged Threats with simple assault, possessing instruments of crime and being a defiant trespasser.

Threats hadn't been taken into custody as of Tuesday afternoon, according to court filings.

He is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated assault, carrying a gun without a license, defiant trespass and other crimes stemming from an April 2013 incident, and charges of gun possession, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana from a July 2012 incident.

Both cases are scheduled for trial in August.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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