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Death penalty being sought for suspect in shooting death of off-duty Pittsburgh officer

PITTSBURGH — The death penalty is being sought for the man suspected of shooting and killing a Pittsburgh police officer while he was off duty, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Christian Bey, 30, is the man who allegedly shot 36-year-old Officer Calvin Hall, who was visiting friends during a block party on Monticello Street in the city’s Homewood neighborhood, according to police.

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According to a criminal complaint, Hall had left the party but was asked to come back because of a confrontation. Shots were fired while Hall was near a group of people.

Hall was shot three times in the back, police said. He died at a hospital several days after the July 14 shooting.

Bey was identified as a suspect after investigators reviewed surveillance footage that showed a man running from the area where the shooting happened. A witness identified the man as Bey, the complaint said.

The gun used in the shooting was located with the help of a K-9. Authorities said it was found in the yard of an abandoned house about half a block away from the shooting scene, in the direction Bey was allegedly seen running.

Bey was later arrested. Charges against him include criminal homicide and firearms violations.