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Greensburg man charged with killing Tionesta man Friday

A Greensburg, Pa. man faces a single count of criminal homicide in the Friday death of a Tionesta man.

According to a statement from Marienville-based Pennsylvania State Police, Richard M. Gardner, 36, Greensburg, and Brian J. Schill, 45, Tionesta “engaged in a physical altercation on South Forest Street, near Sr. 66” in Marienville.

“During the altercation,” police allege, “Gardner produced a handgun and fired at Schill, striking him twice. Schill was pronounced dead at the scene by Forest County Coroner Norman Wimer.

Cody Magill, chief deputy coroner who responded with Wimer, said that they were summoned at 12:42 a.m. “to respond to a scene at the Kelly Hotel.

According to the coroner’s office, an “undisclosed white female was involved in the altercation and was not injured. The event took place in the parking area in front of the Kelly Hotel in Marienville, Pa.”

The coroner’s statement explained that an autopsy took place on Friday “and the Coroner ruled the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The manner of death was ruled as a homicide.”

“No other details are being released and the investigation is ongoing,” Magill said.

State Police say the investigation “resulted in the filing of one count of homicide against Gardner” who was “remanded to the Warren County Jail, without bond, pending preliminary hearing.”

Online court records indicate that Gardner’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 2 at 9 a.m.

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