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Three police officers killed in Pittsburgh

A gunman shot and killed three police officers at a home in Pittsburgh Saturday morning, the New York Times reported.

The policemen were responding to a domestic violence dispute when they were fatally shot. A four-hour standoff between a SWAT team and the gunman, Richard Poplawski, 22, ended when he surrendered.

Officers Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo III came to the door in response to a domestic violence dispute between mother and son. Both were shot in the head. Officer Eric Kelly was getting out of his car when he was shot, but managed to call for assistance before his death, the New York Times reported.

Poplawski was armed a 22 long rifle, and AK-47 rifle and a pistol.

An emergency call had also been placed by Poplawski's mother, who was inside the house, during the incident, Pittsburgh police chief Nathan Harper told the BBC.

Poplawski has been charged with three counts of homicide, a weapons violation and aggravated assault, the BBC reported.