Drones and Deputies: The Siege in Pittsburgh’s Garfield Neighborhood
On an otherwise quiet day in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, in Pennsylvania, authorities faced gunfire, drones were deployed, and the community held its collective breath during a prolonged standoff.
It all began on Wednesday morning, when local law enforcement attempted to serve an eviction notice. William Hardison Sr., the man inside the house, responded not with compliance but with a barrage of gunfire, marking the start of an intense gunfight. Witnesses at the scene recounted hearing what felt like hundreds of shots ringing out.
As deputies approached the home, the suspect unleashed rounds from his military-style long rifle. The immediate response? Take cover. One deputy, in his urgency to find safety, sustained a head injury.
It was initially feared he had been shot, but Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin Kraus later clarified, “He was injured when he dove over a partition trying to take cover while he was taking fire and returning fire. He had a superficial…