White Oak man charged in killing of young McKeesport father

A White Oak man awaited arraignment Friday evening on charges that he shot and killed a man in McKeesport on Wednesday and injured the victim's girlfriend in what police described as a drug deal gone bad.

Allegheny County police arrested Talon Perozich, 19, on a probation violation Thursday while they worked with the district attorney's office to determine whether they had enough evidence also to charge him in the shooting of 24-year-old Brian Cook and his girlfriend, Stephanie Pavlovic.

At about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, McKeesport police were called to the Versailles Avenue home where Mr. Cook and Ms. Pavlovic were staying.

Mr. Cook was fatally shot in the head and arm while he was sleeping in bed. Ms. Pavlovic was shot in the hand while trying to defend herself and the couple's 1-year-old child, who was asleep and left unharmed.

The men had had an ongoing dispute over money Mr. Cook owed Perozich, police said.

After the shooting, Perozich left the home and entered the nearby McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, where police later recovered a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and seven articles of clothing, county police wrote in court documents.

Court records show that Perozich was placed on probation earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to felony burglary and theft charges. The felony charges would have prevented him from legally owning a gun.

In connection with the death of Mr. Cook, Perozich faces charges of homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms violations, burglary and recklessly endangering another person.

County homicide Sgt. Scott Scherer credited McKeesport police for helping to secure and search the crime scene, gathering evidence he said will prove essential in the case.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @LizNavratil. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1878 and on Twitter: @LexiBelc First Published June 28, 2013 7:30 PM


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