Man shot after men­tal health fa­cil­ity stab­bing faces charges

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

An armed man who stabbed five peo­ple at a men­tal health fa­cil­ity near Pitts­burgh be­fore he was shot by po­lice will be charged with at­tempted homi­cide and ag­gra­vated as­sault, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Dustin John­son, 38, will also face charges of at­tempted ar­son and risk­ing a catas­tro­phe fol­low­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon’s at­tack at the Tur­tle Creek Val­ley Men­tal Health/Men­tal Re­tar­da­tion in Homestead, just south­east of Pitts­burgh, Al­legheny County po­lice said.

Po­lice im­plored 38-yearold Dustin John­son to drop his gun after re­ceiv­ing texts from in­side that the vic­tims were bleed­ing pro­fusely and needed help, county spokes­woman Amie Downs said. John­son dropped his knife but not the gun be­fore he was shot, she said.

Au­thor­i­ties said one res­i­dent was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion with stab wounds to the neck and an­other was in sta­ble con­di­tion, while three em­ploy­ees were also in sta­ble con­di­tion. Two other peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tals but weren’t phys­i­cally in­jured.

John­son un­der­went surgery for mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds and is re­cov­er­ing in in­ten­sive care, po­lice said. There was no tele­phone num­ber listed for John­son.

Po­lice said he came out of the el­e­va­tor and as­saulted the vic­tims nearby, then re­mained near sev­eral rooms where some other vic­tims and staff and res­i­dents took shel­ter. They said they saw him car­ry­ing a knife and a hand­gun and heard him talk­ing with re­spond­ing po­lice, and sev­eral wit­nesses over­heard con­tin­u­ing re­quests for him to put the gun down, po­lice said.

After about 40 min­utes of ne­go­ti­a­tions, SWAT of­fi­cers came up the stair­case to the fifth floor and took po­si­tions along­side Homestead of­fi­cers.

“The sus­pect main­tained his lo­ca­tion be­tween the of­fi­cers and the bleed­ing vic­tims,” po­lice said. “When he turned to­ward the of­fi­cers, three SWAT of­fi­cers fired seven rounds, dis­abling the sus­pect, and en­abling res­cue of the vic­tims.”

The cen­ter says it pro­vides care and sup­port for peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties deal­ing with be­hav­ioral, men­tal health, sub­stance abuse and de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues.

Em­ployee C.J. Ful­ton told WTAE-TV that John­son com­plained that a stay at the fa­cil­ity had “ru­ined” his life.

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