Police: Man shot, killed stepfather over television



EAST CARNEGIE, Pa. - Police said a man shot and killed his stepfather over a television on Saturday. 

Investigators said Aaron Israel shot 45-year-old Kevin Kirkland at a home on Idlewild Avenue in East Carnegie on Saturday.

Officers said the incident began with a domestic dispute between Kirkland and his wife. Police said Kirkland's wife changed the locks on their home and moved a television upstairs.

During the dispute, witnesses told police that Kirkland then forced his way inside.

According to the criminal complaint, Kirkland's wife said she was "afraid and pretended to be asleep so that he would go away."

The criminal complaint stated that the woman could hear Kirkland arguing with her son, Aaron Israel, and accusing him of stealing the television.

The complaint said Israel then shot Kirkland in the chest. Kirkland died on his way to the hospital.

Kirkland’s children, Briona and Kevin Kirkland, told Channel 11’s Vince Sims that they’re heart-broken over their father’s death.

“My dad was my best friend. We were so close,” Briona said. “It just doesn’t seem real. I just can’t believe my dad is gone and I won’t see his face again. I just saw him that day, so it’s really hard.”

Kevin Kirkland Jr. said he was with his dad at the house when he was shot.

“He was such a nice guy. He didn’t do anything to anybody,” Kevin Kirkland Jr. said. “Witnessing that, it’s just something I never thought I’d have to go through.”

Investigators said before Israel turned himself into police, they found the gun not far from the home in a ditch.

Israel is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 9.