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Police fatally shoot Poteau man at Pa. home

July 9, 2013

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — An Oklahoma man was fatally shot by police responding to a burglar alarm at a home in an upscale Pittsburgh suburb. The man had periodically stayed at the home before a court ordered him to stay away after he allegedly threatened the woman who lived there.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead man as Robert Brooks, 27, of Poteau, Okla. An autopsy scheduled Tuesday was expected to confirm that he died from being shot when Sewickley police answered the alarm Monday about 9:30 p.m.

Allegheny County police are investigating the shooting and have called a news conference for later Tuesday. The shooting occurred after police had been called to the home hours earlier Monday for a domestic dispute.

The residents of the home were gone by the time Brooks tripped the burglar alarm, and he was fatally shot while scuffling with police who found him inside the residence. Police have said a woman named Sarah Brooks lived at the home with two of her three children.

"When (police) entered the house to investigate the burglar alarm, they encountered a man. There was an altercation and shots were fired," Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

Online court records show Robert Brooks had been charged last month with making threats in the borough just west of Pittsburgh. That happened after Brooks' cousin, Chadrick Brooks, and Sarah Brooks — who is identified in the criminal complaint as Chadrick Brooks' ex-wife — obtained a protection from abuse order against Robert Brooks in January.

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