Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suspect to Surrender Again in Oakland Shooting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suspect to Surrender Again in Oakland Shooting

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A Lincoln-Lemington man plans to turn himself in today for the second time in connection with the weekend shooting death of a former football player, his attorney said today.

Pittsburgh police obtained a warrant today charging Isiah Smith, 22, with homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Mr. Smith's attorney, Blaine Jones, said he was working this afternoon to coordinate Mr. Smith's surrender.

"He's been fully cooperative and compliant," Mr. Jones said. "He turned himself in the last time and he spoke with the officers without my presence, as a matter of fact. He's done everything."

A University of Pittsburgh police sergeant heard a shot fired near the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bouquet Street about 3:30 a.m. Saturday and called via radio for help from city police officers.

When they arrived, they found Zachary Sheridan, 24, of Brookline, a former Slippery Rock University football player, "bleeding profusely from his throat area," according to a criminal complaint. Mr. Sheridan died in UPMC Presbyterian about 15 minutes later.

Forensic pathologist Todd Luckasevic, with the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, determined during an autopsy that a single bullet struck Mr. Sheridan's upper back, traveled slightly to the right and exited through his upper chest.

Shortly after the shooting, detectives spoke to one of two people who was with Mr. Sheridan that night. That witness, who is not named in court documents, told police that Mr. Sheridan and two friends were standing on the sidewalk when a woman pulled up in a car and they "were telling the female that they were trying to find a taxi and they jokingly asked her if she could ride them home," according to the complaint. The woman said she was offended. Mr. Sheridan apologized, his friend said, and he and his friends walked toward Dunkin' Donuts while the woman walked toward Bouquet Street.

Mr. Sheridan's friend said the woman, two other women and two men then approached them on the sidewalk. One of those men began saying, "I'm hood. I'm from the hood," according to the complaint. …

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