Andrew J. Kelly, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed by Dusan Milic in East Liberty on the night of Sunday, October 4, 1903.
Milic and his companion, Mary Lugan, were firing gunshots and yelling in celebration as they returned home from a wedding. Officer Kelly, who was not in uniform, interpreted the sounds as danger and ran toward the party with his gun drawn. Believing they were being attacked, Milic fired and killed Kelly. Before doing so, Milic was shot once in the hand.
Milic was subsequently convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Arguing that he acted in self-defense and was guilty of no greater crime than voluntary manslaughter, Milic’s commutation request was successful and his sentence was changed to life imprisonment. A decade later, a subsequent pardon request was also successful and Milic was released from prison.