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Bank Buys Poplawski House At Sheriff's Sale

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - The home in Stanton Heights where three Pittsburgh Police officers were shot and killed in 2009 was sold at a sheriff's sale Monday morning.

According to KDKA-TV's Jon Greiner, JP Morgan Chase purchased the home for $3,011.04. The bank was the only bidder and the sale process took less than a minute.

On Friday, a judge ordered the house to be put up for sale at 9 a.m. after it had been postponed numerous times.

Richard Poplawski's mother, Margaret, owned the house. She tried to stop the auction by filing a lawsuit against her insurance company and Allegheny County 911.

She was not present for the sheriff's sale.

Richard Poplawski was recently sentenced to death for shooting and killing Officers Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo and Eric Kelly during a standoff.

The house is scheduled to be demolished on Oct. 10.

Now that the house has sold, what will happen to the house and the property?

"Taxes follow the propertyso therefore if there are any outstanding taxes they must be addressed by the bank to pay them off, clear the title and then they can do with that property what they wish," Sgt. Richard Fersch said.

The bank has indicated that it will give the property to the city.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he plans to speak with the community and the victims' families about what to do with the property.

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