Janese Talton-Jackson, 29, was shot and killed Friday morning in Homewood, Pittsburgh after leaving a bar, and the suspect is now in custody after being shot by police.
Officers responded to a ShotSpotter report that detected gunshots at N. Lang Avenue and Upland Street at around 1:50 a.m. During a traffic stop, the police encountered 41-year-old Charles McKinney in a silver vehicle. The authorities received a dispatch stating that a woman had been gunned down in the area, and upon hearing this, McKinney sped off.
The officers chased McKinney and shot at him. The chase came to an end after McKinney crashed into an unoccupied car that was parked. He was then taken into custody.
McKinney was charged with the victim’s homicide, as well as aggravated assault, possessing a firearm without a license, fleeing the police, possession with intent to deliver, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Authorities say that the incident began when McKinney attempted to talk to Talton-Jackson at a bar, but when she turned him down and left the bar, he followed her out and shot her in the chest.
“I just think it’s sad. Somebody has to do something about the gun control, it’s just getting out of hand and it just [isn’t] safe to walk the streets no more,” a man told KDKA.
Talton-Jackson was the sister of State House Rep. Ed Gainey, according to her Facebook page. He has yet to release a statement about her death.
The two officers involved in shooting the suspect are now on administrative leave while the District Attorney’s Office investigates the incident.