‘Gun Battle’ Leaves 21-Year-Old Man Dead In Rankin

RANKIN PA(KDKA) — One person is dead in a shooting in Rankin along Gas Street.

Allegheny County Police say a shooting at 9 p.m. Saturday night at the intersection of Gas Street and North Shore Alley left one dead.

When they arrived on the scene, 21-year-old Emery Heard-Ellis was found on the road with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

They say their investigation revealed that the Heard-Ellis and a second man were sitting in a Jeep Grand Cherokee when they opened fire on people sitting on a porch.

Someone on the porch returned fire. Police say it’s possible a second person also shot back.

Heard-Ellis and the other man inside the Jeep got out, and police say a “gun battle” ensued.

“I thought it was on the other side of the ball field, but I quickly found out it was out here somewhere,” nearby neighbor and Rankin Councilman William Pfoff said of the shootout.

Police have charged Marcus Carter in relation to the incident. He’s facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

Allegheny County Police say Carter was the second person in the Jeep when the fatal shooting occurred.

“I don’t how what the answer is. I don’t know how you control this. I don’t know. I don’t know if anybody knows the answer,” Pfoff said outside his house.

According to court papers, Carter told police that someone he knows as “Vinny” asked him to fight a person he claims beat up his mother. As Vinny drove them over to the house, someone started shooting at them and they returned fire.

“It’s a little unsettling, especially in a quiet area of town like this,” Pfoff said.

Cater is currently in the Allegheny County jail.


Sisters homeowner stops apparent burglary in progress

A Sisters (Oregon) resident stopped an apparent burglary in progress early Monday morning and held the alleged burglar at gunpoint until sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested him.

Ryan Paul Huber, 43, of Sisters, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal mischief and lodged in the Deschutes County jail.

Just before 2 a.m. Monday, a burglary in progress was reported at 1659 W. Carson Ave. in Sisters. Deputies were told an unknown man had broken down the back door of the home and entered, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner, armed with a rifle, confronted Huber in the home and Huber then left, according to the sheriff’s office.

Huber went to a neighboring home and began ringing the doorbell, according to the sheriff’s office. That homeowner also called 911 and told Huber to leave. Huber then walked to the original home he allegedly broke into, where he was held at gunpoint by the homeowner until sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Huber told deputies he believed his family, who lived nearby, was being held hostage and was in danger, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies conducting a welfare check at Huber’s nearby home found everyone safe and sleeping.

Deschutes County property records list the owners of the burgled home as Erik and Lucie Pronold.