Monday, December 15, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Captures Penn Hills Homicide Suspect

Pittsburgh, PA – Allegheny County Police homicide suspect Darshele Maurice Johnson was apprehended this morning by members of the United States Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF). Johnson, age 39, was charged by the Allegheny County Police on August 17, 2014, with Criminal Homicide and Carrying a Firearm without a License following an investigation into the shooting death of Christopher Moss. Johnson allegedly shot Moss after the two fought inside a Penn Hills apartment on Frankstown Road. Moss later died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

On August 25, 2014, the Allegheny County Police requested the assistance of the WPAFTF with locating Johnson. The nearly four month WPAFTF investigation revealed Johnson had ties to Penn Hills, Wilkinsburg and East Liberty and was last known to stay in Oakmont. Based upon recently developed information, Johnson was arrested by Task Force personnel at approximately 6:30 am this morning without incident in the 4900 block of Breesport Street. Following his arrest at this residence in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh, he was turned over to Allegheny County Homicide Detectives.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is comprised of officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriffs, and Westmoreland County. These agencies, along with the United States Attorney’s Office, are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.

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