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Police charge suspect in fatal shooting in Jefferson Hills

| Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:21 a.m.
Trenton 'Tony' Knight, 27, of Rankin
Trenton 'Tony' Knight, 27, of Rankin

A Jefferson Hills woman brought home a convicted criminal, and he ended up killing a man — before running out the door in his underwear, Allegheny County homicide detectives said.

Trenton “Tony” Knight, 26, of Beltzhoover remains at-large, police said.

The woman met Knight a few weeks ago, and she stayed in touch by texting him and calling his cellphone, police said. Then early Saturday, she picked him up at the Monroeville Sheetz store on William Penn Highway and brought him to her Roberts Drive home.

While they were inside, she heard pounding on the door and looked out to see Darius Williams, 40, who also lived in the house. The woman told Knight to hide in a bedroom across the hall from the master bedroom. She hid his clothes in a closet.

Williams did not have a key to the house but came in through the garage and entered the code to disarm the house alarm system. He went straight to the bedroom door where Knight was hiding and used a switchblade to force it open.

As Williams flipped on the light, the woman saw Knight had a handgun. He fired three or four shots at Williams, hitting him at least twice. Williams ran toward the front door and collapsed as Knight darted past him out of the house, wearing only his underwear and carrying the gun.

Police found Williams lying in a pool of blood on the living room floor just inside the front door. He was pronounced dead at 3:47 a.m.

Officers also found a wallet with Knight's clothes containing his Pennsylvania driver's license and a parole card with his name.

He was found guilty in 2008 of crimes including robbery, burglary and simple assault. He pleaded guilty to other drug and firearms charges.

Police are seeking him on charges of criminal homicide and illegal gun possession. They sent out an electronic alert about 4:30 a.m., warning residents to be aware of a shooting and that they were looking for a man with a gun.

Police ask anyone who may have heard or seen anything to call the homicide unit at 412-473-1300.

Andrew Conte and Bill Vidonic are staff writers for Trib Total Media.

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