Friendly Fire to Blame in Shooting of Baldwin Boro Police Officer

The shooting occurred at around 4 a.m. on Sunday at a home on Elmwood Drive.

A Baldwin Borough police sergeant remains in stable condition at a Pittsburgh-area hospital, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds in his hip/lower back area, according to Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt.

Baldwin Council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk confirmed that the injured officer is Sgt. Ralph Miller.

Miller was injured by two rifle blasts from another Baldwin police officer while they and a third Baldwin officer were responding to a domestic disturbance at 5147 Elmwood Dr. in Baldwin (near the Wallace Building) at around 4 Sunday morning.

The other two officers are not being identified and have been placed on administrative leave, Baldwin Police Chief Michael Scott said.

"We want to make sure that they're OK before they come back to work," Scott said.

The leave will include counseling.

"We want to make sure that their needs are met, too," Scott said.

The shooting of Miller is being treated as accidental, Moffatt and Scott said during a news conference at the county police headquarters on Sunday.

The third officer also fired his weapon but did not hit anyone.

"The injured officer did not fire," Moffatt explained. "The officer behind him fired his weapon twice. There was another officer still further away from the house. He hears the shots, sees the officer go down. He levels his weapon and fires once, striking the outside of the home.

"We believe that the (injured) officer was hit twice. We didn't find any other slugs at the home."

Officers were sent to the scene after a woman who lives at 5147 Elmwood called police to tell them that her boyfriend, who also lives there, was holding a gun and was threatening to harm himself, Moffatt said.

She eventually told police that her boyfriend had calmed down and was no longer making such threats, but police—the three Baldwin officers and one Whitehall Borough officer—responded to the scene.

Miller approached the home in front of the other officers. At that point, one of the Baldwin officers behind him discharged his rifle, striking the sergeant.

As to why the officer pulled the trigger, "That's what we're still trying to sort out," Moffatt said.

Scott said that Miller, a police officer for 14 years, is "in good spirits" and is "supportive" of the officer who injured him.

No other injuries have been reported, and at this point, the residents of 5147 Elmwood are not being identified nor charged with any crimes.

"At this time, there's no charges," Moffatt said. "We're going to confer with the (district attorney) and see if there's any other charges that should (be filed). We're looking at possible charges not connected with the shooting."

Two children were inside of the home at the time of the shooting—a 17-month-old and a 6-year-old, Moffatt said.

The boyfriend's gun, a shotgun, was found outside of the home, Moffatt said.

"It was thrown out of a window outside of the home, in the rear of the home. We don't know when it was thrown."

With three officers unavailable until futher notice, Scott said that Baldwin Borough police will receive assistance covering their jurisdiction from Pennsylvania State police and police from neighboring municipalities.

A knock at the door of 5147 Elmwood at around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday went unanswered. Next-door neighbor Dave Shearer, who has lived at his Baldwin home for about six years, said that he was awake at the time of the shooting and heard all three loud bangs.

Another neighbor, who did not wish to be indentified, said that the folks at 5147 Elmwood were usually "very quiet."

"They're nice people," she said. "They're very nice. They're quiet. We'll see 'em out a couple times and say hi, exchange a few words. We never thought anything like that."

Said Stelmasczyk, "This was a tragic event, and my sympathy goes out to Sgt. Miller and his family. I wish him a speedy recovery."


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cc February 13, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Idiot ne12ukid, your not even worth answering, what personality are you today and how many names are you posting on so you can pat yourself on the back as no one else will. LOSER
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Danny I was responding to justice seeker, as he was calling the mam drunk, the wife did not report that her boyfriend was drunk. she reported that he was threatening to harm himself. The officers did the correct thing going to the house to make sure the gf and children were ok, but it wasn't all right for an officer to shoot another officer.
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Ken I though you meant the one from back in November but then I could of missed an article.
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:28 AM
M Smith, what about the people that get pulled over for a head light or tail light out and then get accused of being drunk and they aren't drunk, but accused anyways. Has happened many of times up in Baldwin.
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:32 AM
jwill that should answer your question as the officers of baldwin pull people over and they were not drinking but get accused of dui. joe's mom wrote also the same thing. baldwin borough police are at their finest busting people for dui's and some of them weren't even drinking, but had a tail light or head light out.
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:39 AM
AH totally agree with you there. I remember when Brentwood was doing the same thing and then it stopped. Now Baldwin is doing the same thing. Shame that everyone that gets pulled over for a burned out light has to be put though a field sobriety test and blood work and the blood work comes back negative but they are still charged with a dui.
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Bob is an awesome reporter.
cc February 13, 2013 at 03:41 AM
AH, ne12ukid doesn't have common sense at all. it is a shame that they have many personalities that uses so many other names to pat them self on the back.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 13, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Thank you for the kind words, folks.
NE12Ukid February 13, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Couldn't they be courteous and just let people know they have a burned out light. Not pulling someone out of there car to do a field sobriety test? AH Reply NE12Ukid Question to AH: If an officer pulls someone over to inform them they have a burnt out light, and smells alcohol, are you saying they should just let them go on and maybe kill someone because they pulled them over for a light in the first place? As to "erratic driving" would you, IF you were a police officer, ignore someone weaving and crossing the center line? AH: NE12Ukid I didn't say that. Read what I posted. I did. I quoted you above. I know what you said, I merely asked you a question based on what you did say. Can you answer the question. If not, I understand.
NE12Ukid February 13, 2013 at 04:45 AM
cc, this delusion of yours is getting as tiresome as your constant bashing of the Baldwin Police.
Margaret French February 13, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I think we need the grammar police here to issue citations. Citations for run on sentences, punctuation, capitalization and spelling. I know I make mistakes but OMG.
Sandra February 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
NE12Ukid, I didn't have you in mind when I posted about multiple personalities. Others on the other hand...
NE12Ukid February 13, 2013 at 02:07 PM
cc thinks that every poster who disagrees with her must be me, LOL. It's her most obvious delusion, may be somehow linked to that imaginary spot on "Brownsville up by Brentwood" that magically moves into Baldwin Boro during all those drug deals she's witnessing (while listening 24/7 to her police scanner). It was quite annoying at first, I'll admit, but now has become comical IMO. I used to keep a list of all the names she'd accused me of being, I was going to invite them all to a big dinner and then send her a group photo, haha! As to others, well I know of one who pulled that, and yes, there have been an number of "new" posters who appear to perhaps be talking to themself, but in the long run IMO it's not worth any more attention than many of the comments made. Some are worth considering, some are just plain delusional, and some are obviously just venting. At least that's the way I see it. Back to the subject, anyone have an update on Officer Miller? Hope he's home and recovering quickly!
Margaret French February 13, 2013 at 02:28 PM
That post reminds me of an episode of "Married With Children." Kelly Bundy came home with her diploma all excited and said, "read it to me Daddy, read it to me!" Anyone remember that episode? LOL
cc February 13, 2013 at 02:34 PM
ne2ukid you and your many names and personalities in delusional. i didn't think you all would get lonely but seems that you do. Why don't you invite all your names and personalities and go hang out at a fire pit.
cc February 13, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Billie any type of abuse isn't pleasant from Physical, Mental or Verbal Abuse. Many children, boyfriends, girlfriends see this every day. I agree with keeping all children safe but many can't be kept safe as on one reports this to the required departments. No person or child should have to put up with it, but people who abuse usually have a mind control over the other person and belittle them that they could never make it in the world without them. The man in the house wasn't threatening to hurt her or the children but to hurt himself.
cc February 13, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Billie are you actually for real. Thank goodness your not posting about abortions on here like you have in the past.
cc February 13, 2013 at 02:55 PM
pamy no one really knows if they are going to come home from work every day or wake up every morning. You could be driving to work and get hit be another car. You could be walking across the street and be hit. You could have a heart attack during the middle of the night and not wake up. You could be shot at by someone doing a drive by shooting. Only the Big Guy Upstairs can answer that question, as he is the only one that knows when our time is up.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
"Baldwin Council Meets with Police Chief to Discuss Personnel": http://patch.com/A-1Trx
PITT#983 February 14, 2013 at 02:08 AM
justice seeker you are right on point! Without knowing you, you either are or were an LEO. I am (not in local area) and have posted on here numerous times out of complete frustration with absurd and ignorant comments made on this forum. I have read this over the last few days and have resisted commenting especially when people are talking "cover up" less than 24 hours into an investigation. cc is the worst but there are many more as has been proven here. And while on the topic of cc..depts. usually qualify with all firearms once a every year at minimum and not every 2 as you threw out there. I have said on the patch before, go to the academy get your ACT 120, apply for a job, go through the process and become an LEO. All you bashers watch TV and think you know BUT you have no idea. So many situations are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving and decisions have to be made in seconds. Less than a hand full of people on the PATCH throw any blame on the suspect in this incident (which by the way had a shot gun outside a window) but the vast majority have been unjustly bashing the officers. Let me inform all of you that unless you know what happened from start to finish then you DO NOT know what happened at all and you can not make any determination. This is what an investigation is for. I would love to go to some of your jobs, watch you and criticize you when I have no working knowledge of your job. This was a horrible accident and I pray for all involved
PITT#983 February 14, 2013 at 02:16 AM
as the citizens of Baldwin/Whitehall should be! These men and women respond to situations most watch on TV and are ready to serve and protect the community in which they serve. I will leave you all with this..." CITIZENS SLEEP SAFE IN THERE BEDS BECAUSE ROUGH MEN STAND READY IN THE NIGHT TO VISIT VIOLENCE ON THOSE WHO WOULD DO THEM HARM." Again I wish all involved a speedy recovery and return to the job.
NE12Ukid February 14, 2013 at 04:07 AM
NO WHERE DOES IT SAY THAT THERE WAS AN OFFICER SHOT EVERY DAY>>> Of course it doesn't. a. you posted a list of DEATHS b. you misquoted what she said anyway.
NE12Ukid February 14, 2013 at 04:09 AM
delusional AND angry Please don't touch your guns till you get professional help.
cc February 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Patrick you are fine using your phone to post on here. Most people in this day and age can read typonese.
cc February 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Pitt#983, according to the State Site, they only have to be certified every 2 years on guns, not one. It is in their best interest to get additional training as Baldwin thinks it is the Old West and it is ok to just shoot their guns at anyone. Your comments are also pathetic and your a moron.
Margaret French February 14, 2013 at 03:04 PM
O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, t he olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!"
PITT#983 February 14, 2013 at 04:11 PM
cc again you prove that you do not research your topic or better yet you do not know where to look so you my friend sound like the "pathetic moroon". Here it is right of the MPOTEC website: Firearms Requirements by Mr. Rudy M. Grubesky, Commission Staff As required by 37 Pa. Code §203.12 (3) (i) and §203.52 (b) (1) (i), the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission is hereby publishing police firearms course requirements: The handgun course of fire for the police firearms course that all Waiver of training applicants must successfully complete with a minimum score of 75% and all police officers must successfully complete annually in order to satisfy mandatory in-service re-certification requirements will meet the following minimum standards: This is what happens when you open your mouth about a subject you know NOTHING about cc. It is kinda fun though cause you think you know it all! I told you before some of us are SHEEP and some of us are WOLVES> We all know what you are...have a great day!!
Robert Edward Healy, III February 25, 2013 at 08:52 PM
"Charges Filed Against Man in Baldwin Police Shooting": http://patch.com/A-2pwb
Robert Edward Healy, III March 11, 2013 at 05:48 PM
"Blood Drive in Honor of Sgt. Miller Set for Tuesday": http://patch.com/A-2Csk


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