Monday, December 7, 2009
The suspect in the Shooting death of a Penn Hills Police officer and another Penn Hills resident has been ordered held without bond. 32-year-old Ronald Robinson was arraigned on two counts of homicide, and one count each of burglary and robbery. Robinson, who was on parole for a 2005 weapons violation, also faces several firearms violations. Police say Officer Michael Crawshaw responded to a call to 911 that gunfire had been heard in the 200 block Johnston Road and was waiting outside in his cruiser for backup when Robinson opened fire. It is alleged that the man shot and killed 40-year-old Danyal Morton in the home just minutes before killing the 32-year-old officer. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffat says Crashaw was shot in the head once and three times in the arm. Robinson was wearing an electronic monitoring device on his ankle as part of his parole. Police say he was carrying a Chinese version of an AK-47 rifle and a 9 mm handgun at the time of the killing, which has been tied to a $500 drug debt.