MUNHALL (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area homeowner was justified in fatally shooting a man who was serving as a lookout for a burglary suspect in the homeowner’s detached garage, the district attorney said.
The homeowner, John Rozgonyi, “was looking for trouble. This is classic self-defense, classic Castle Doctrine,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. told reporters Tuesday at a press briefing at the shooting site in Munhall, a few miles east of the city.
The alleged burglar, Shawn Conroy, 24, faces a preliminary hearing next month, and reportedly went to the garage with Andrew Stevens, 23, after a night of drinking, investigators said. Rozgonyi kept his classic 1977 Ford Mustang in the garage.
A neighbor saw the suspects and called Rozgonyi about the break-in about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Rozgonyi called 911 before going into the alley to confront Stevens while carrying a .380-caliber pistol, Zappala said.
Stevens, who had a .45-caliber pistol, reportedly told Rozgonyi, “Don’t do anything stupid” before a witness said Stevens fired a shot at the homeowner.
Rozgonyi returned fire, with the men trading six shots each, Zappala said. Two bullets hit Stevens, and Rozgonyi wasn’t wounded.