Apalachin Homicide: Suspect Sought in Home Invasion Killing
Police are looking for a man who was involved in a deadly early-morning shooting at a Tioga County home.
Major Brian Shortall, commander of New York State Police Troop C, said the home invasion incident was reported at 5:55 a.m. in a 911 call.
Police and medics were sent to 5 Dorothy Road in the Tioga Terrace section of Apalachin.
Shortall said two men "entered the house and got into a physical confrontation" with a man and woman who lived at the residence. He said the man "was shot and killed" but the woman was not hurt.
Shortall said the intruders fled on foot. Minutes later, a Tioga County sheriff's deputy came upon a man walking along Route 434 in Vestal near Chuckster's Family Fun Park.
The man, who matched a general description of one of the suspects, was taken into custody and was being questioned by investigators at the Owego state police barracks.
Shortall said police are trying to locate the other suspect who was described as a white male; five-feet eight-inches tall; in his 30s; wearing a black jacket, black pants and construction boots. The woman who was in the home said the man's face was covered.
A man matching the description of the suspect bought coffee, cigarettes, apple juice and a copy of the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper at the nearby Kwik Fill convenience store on Route 434.
Store employees said the man appeared to be "anxious." They said he didn't seem to be familiar with the neighborhood. He reportedly offered another customer cash for a ride out of the area.
Employees said police indicated the man may have been one of the suspects in the shooting. They obtained a recording of surveillance video from the store.
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