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No charges against Beaver Falls pizza delivery man who killed alleged robber

Dillon Carr
| Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, 10:42 a.m.

A pizza delivery man in Beaver Falls who shot and killed a man who stabbed him and attempted to rob him will not be charged, according to a news release issued by police.

Beaver Falls police Chief John Deluca described the Aug. 10 shooting as a “justifiable use of deadly force.”

“Upon confirming all of these facts with the Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier, we do not anticipate filing criminal charges against the victim at this time,” Deluca said in the release.

The alleged robber, identified as Ryan C. Leonard, 29, of New Brighton, died about a block from the where the delivery driver shot him.

The delivery driver, who police did not identify, told investigators that he was attacked by Leonard while walking back to his car after delivering a pizza, according to the release. The driver was stabbed and assaulted before he retrieved a gun from his car and shot Leonard in the chest.

Leonard was found dead in the 1500 block of Second Avenue.

The driver was treated for his wounds at a hospital in Pittsburgh, police said Friday.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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