Large avatar charles

Charles Anthony Hull, 56
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
January 27, 2014

Agencies: District Attorney's Office Pennsylvania | Penn Hills Police Department Pennsylvania

Last updated: 2 months ago

Overview Help icon

A Penn Hills police officer faced down an angry man aiming a rifle at him, shooting and killing him outside his house on Monday, the day the man was due in court, police said.

Charles Hull, 56, of Penn Hills, died at UPMC Mercy hospital, Uptown, at 7:46 a.m., about an hour and 20 minutes after a Penn Hills patrolman shot him three times on the porch of his home along Calvin Street. County police declined to identify the officer.

Hull's longtime girlfriend, Yolanda Hornick, 57, called 911 at 6:20 a.m. to report her live-in boyfriend was outside with a .30-30-caliber rifle and that she was afraid he would kill himself, county police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said.

Eight Penn Hills officers responded; two blocked the street, and three flanked either side of the house. As police arrived, Hull became agitated, accused his girlfriend of calling police and pushed her into a closet. She escaped and ran outside barefoot, Moffatt said.