Westmoreland County man arrested in death of his mother's boyfriend

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A Westmoreland County man was arraigned today on charges he fatally shot his mother’s boyfriend late Wednesday night at their home in Monessen.

Police said Christopher Allshouse, 40, shot James Ritter, 54, three times outside the house in the 100 block of Donner Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Mr. Ritter was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later of two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the chest, according to a Monessen police criminal complaint.

The Washington County coroner said in a press release this afternoon that the cause of death was pending autopsy results and the manner of death was pending further investigation.

Mr. Allshouse told police he and Mr. Ritter were “arguing about drugs and getting into rehab” when the argument escalated and Mr. Allshouse shot him on the steps outside the home, Monessen police Officer James Franks wrote in the complaint.

Mr. Allshouse’s mother told police she heard “several loud popping noises” and went downstairs, where her son told her he shot Mr. Ritter, police wrote. Police recovered a .22-caliber pistol at the home.

Monessen police Chief John Mandarino was not available today.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.


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