Murdered Pittsburgh Officer's Memorial Vandalized Twice
Bloomfield, PA – A memorial tribute to fallen Pittsburgh Police Officer Paul Sciullo was vandalized for the second time this summer, but this time surveillance video got some pretty good pictures of some possible suspects.
There are two memorial plaques with Officer Sciullo’s name and a flagpole that flies an American flag and a Thin Blue Line flag on the front porch of the fallen officer’s parents’ home in Bloomfield, KDKA reported.
The first incident of vandalism occurred in June, when somebody spray-painted the plaques mounted to the porch’s railing and stole the Thin Blue Line flag.
On Friday, the officer’s parents awoke to find both flags missing and a sticker on one of the memorial plaques that encouraged people to shoot at autonomous vehicles, WTAE reported.
The parents, who just had the 10th anniversary of their son’s murder in April, told KDKA that this latest incident was over the line and they felt heartsick over it.
Officer Sciullo, 36, was fatally shot on April 4, 2009 while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Stanton Heights, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He and another officer arrived at the home and were talking to a woman inside the residence when a man wearing a bulletproof vest shot Officer Sciullo in the face with a shotgun.
Officer Sciullo, an 18-month veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Department, and two other officers were killed that day in a gunfight and four-hour standoff that ended in the gunman’s surrender, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported.
The gunman, Richard Poplawski, was convicted of the officers’ murders and sentenced to death on June 28, 2011.
Poplawski received a stay of execution in February of 2017 based on a petition that alleged he did not have effective representation by his attorneys at trial, WTAE reported. He has not yet been given a new administrative execution date.
Police have asked the public to look at pictures of the suspects procured by Sciullos’ surveillance cameras and contact them with information.
The family’s neighbors said they were angry about the vandalism of the memorial.
“We cannot believe what’s happening,” Iva DiPasquale told KDKA. “Why to such a nice family, the things that are happening to them? With Paul, please Lord, give him rest in peace.”