SHALER, Pa. - A Pennsylvania math teacher was fatally shot by police after allegedly pointing a gun at officers outside his home, WPXI reported.
Shaler police said they were called to the area after reports Donald Babbit, 49, was acting erratically.
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When officers arrived, they were informed Babbit had access to guns inside his home. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said those officers set up a perimeter and began trying to contact him using a loudspeaker.
Babbit then allegedly walked toward officers waving a handgun in the air, according to WPXI.
After officers told him to put it down, he pointed it at one of them, McDonough said.
That's when three officers shot Babbit and hit him multiple times. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
Mr. Babbit was an incredible math teacher, golf coach, and colleague at Penn Hills. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and ability to connect with his students. The Penn Hills community is heart broken. Grief counselors are available 10-3 Weds-Fri in HS Cafe. #PHamily— Penn Hills Athletics (@PH_Athletics) August 7, 2019
Penn Hills School District issued a statement saying Babbit was a teacher in the district.
Our crew at the scene said neighbors reported hearing as many as a dozen gunshots outside. One man described it as a "barrage" of gunfire.
This is the fifth officer-involved shooting in Allegheny County this year, the first one being in May.
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