• Suspects in deadly McKeesport shooting considered ‘armed and dangerous'


    MCKEESPORT, Pa. - Allegheny County police have identified the two suspects in a shooting in McKeesport late Tuesday night that left one person dead and two injured.

    Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for Jonathan “BJ” Coles, 20, and Roman Jones, 23.

    Police said the shooting happened in Crawford Village just before midnight Tuesday.

    Allegheny County police said the shooting started at Ohio and Brownlee streets, where a man and two women were hit.

    Officers said the male victim then tried running away from the scene, but detectives believe the shooters chased him down and continued to fire shots at him.

    All three victims were taken to an area hospital. The man, identified as William “Billy” Doyle, 24, of McKeesport, later died. The women are expected to survive. 

    Doyle’s mother, Becky Bezts, spoke exclusively with Channel 11 Wednesday.

    “He was a sweet kid. He would do anything for anyone if he could,” said Bezts.

    Bezts told Channel 11 News that Coles and Jones were two of her son’s school friends.

    Police said Doyle’s body was found between a car and John Molinari’s pickup truck, both of which were riddled with bullets.

    “It wasn’t this bad before this. Shooting use to be up there; now they are coming down here,” said Molinari.

    Doyle’s family is left wondering why his life was taken so soon – just a week after his birthday.

    “Everyone who knows Billy is feeling the say way I am feeling right now and will miss him like I miss him,” said Bezts.

    Coles is described as a black man who is 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds. Police said he is from the McKeesport area and has ties to Clairton.

    Jones is described as a black man who is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. Police said he is from Clairton and has ties to the McKeesport area.

    Both men should be considered armed and dangerous. 

    Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Allegheny County Police homicide unit at 412-473-1300. Anyone who sees either man should call 911 immediately. Callers can remain anonymous.

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