Cops: Man shoots and kills his hunting partner in dispute

A man was shot and killed by his hunting partner in Elmenton, Pennsylvania, state police say.

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A man is accused of killing his hunting partner after they got into an argument that included death threats, Pennsylvania troopers say.

The fatal shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Emlenton, a rural area about 80 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania State Police said David Charles Heathcote called 911 after shooting Robert Cy Wingard in his own vehicle.

Heathcote and Wingard argued over hunting, the suspect told police, and Wingard allegedly threatened to shoot Heathcote’s daughter. That’s when Heathcote shot and killed his hunting partner, police said.

Wingard died at the scene, according to a police report.

Heathcote has been charged with criminal homicide and remains in the Venango County Jail as of Monday, Oct. 31.

Mike Stanson covers the news in real time for McClatchy. A 2011 graduate of Western Kentucky University, he previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter and at the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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