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Man surrenders after shooting, hostage situation in McKeesport

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — A 42-year-old man was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after an hours-long standoff with officers that started when police say he shot a woman, Allegheny County Police tell Channel 11.

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Channel 11 has learned the man, Michael Plopi, shot the victim several times on the balcony of a home in the 1200 block of Pirl Street in McKeesport, according to court documents.

Emergency crews were first called around 7:25 p.m. for a ShotSpotter alert.

The woman was found outside the home with multiple gunshot wounds. She was pulled to safety and taken to a local hospital. Officials say she was in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Responding officers said they heard an additional four shots and believed Plopi was attempting to shoot at them. He was inside the home with a family member. Allegheny County SWAT was called and able to negotiate for the release of the family member.

The standoff ended around 3 a.m. Channel 11 was there as Plopi was taken out of the home.

A witness told police Plopi shot the woman after an argument. He allegedly shot her three times before his gun jammed. He then fixed the gun before re-emerging from the home and firing a fourth round at the woman, who had gone over the balcony, police said.

He is facing several charges including criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and a weapons charge.

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