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Man arrested after fatally shooting neighbor in Washington County


SMITH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Investigators say a man who was riding his lawnmower was fatally shot by his neighbor on Wednesday.

The Washington County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 44-year-old Jerry Anderson.

Man arrested after fatally shooting neighbor in Washington County
Jerry Anderson was shot and killed in Washington County.

(Photo credit: Mark Allen Gilbert)


“My nephew wouldn’t mind a fruit flea. … He has two boys, it’s like a bad dream,” said Terry Harbison, Anderson’s uncle.

The deadly argument between neighbors and the ensuing SWAT confrontation on Loffert Road in Smith Township rocked the quiet neighborhood.

State police identified the suspect as 52-year-old Bryce Tacy.

“I won’t go into detail on this but as a result the suspect fired two shots and he struck the victim in the back and the back of the head while he was on his tractor lawn,” the Washington County prosecutor said. said Jason Walsh.

Anderson’s uncle told KDKA their family was devastated. They said Anderson leaves behind two teenage sons who are twins.

“He was a good dad, he worked every day, it’s a shame,” Harbison said.

Walsh said Tacy entered her home on Loffert Road after the shooting and would not come out for law enforcement for more than 30 minutes. Officials eventually dissuaded the man from the house.

NewsChopper2 captured the moment he walked out with his hands raised and was taken into custody.

Man arrested after fatally shooting neighbor in Washington County

(Photo credit: NewsChopper2)


“My heart goes out to the victim and his family,” Walsh said.

The motive for the shooting is unclear, but officials and Anderson’s family said it was not the first feud.

“I believe there have been disputes in the past, none of which reach this level,” Walsh said.

“They have issues. … My nephew’s mom and dad lived next door to him for years, and they’ve had issues with the guy for a long time,” Harbison said.

Anderson’s family said they will always remember him as a good person and a good father.

“Just being the guy he was, the person he was, he was a great guy,” Harbison said.

The shooting is being investigated by state police and the Smith Township Police Department.

The district attorney said charges are expected to be filed against Tacy soon.

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