Saltsburg man charged in shooting death of gun dealer

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State police said this morning they have charged a Saltsburg man with homicide and other offenses in the shooting death of an Indiana County gun dealer Tuesday.

Jack Oliver Edmundson Jr., 43, is accused of shooting Frank S. Petro, 62, multiple times at Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy shop on Hogue Drive in Conemaugh. Mr. Petro was pronounced dead at 3:23 p.m. at the scene in the village of Tunnelton.

Mr. Edmundson also faces charges of attempted arson and aggravated assault. He is believed to have been wounded in the incident.

No other information was available this morning, and state police said additional details will be released at a news conference Thursday.

Mr. Edmundson previously faced felony charges of unlawful restraint and false imprisonment after an incident in late November, as well as simple assault, impersonating a public servant, harassment and disorderly conduct. In that case, police said he used handcuffs to restrain a boy he accused of throwing corn kernels at his vehicle.

The disposition of that case couldn’t be immediately determined.

In addition to state police, the shooting death is being investigated by a team of agents from the Pittsburgh office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is routine in incidents at gun shops.

Ed Blazina: or 412-263-1470.

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