Coroner: Gunshot Caused Death Of Man Found After Prospect Street Fire
WILKES-BARRE — A city man whose body was found after a fire at his Prospect Street home died of a gunshot wound to the head, the county coroner ruled Tuesday afternoon.
Jack Sipple, 31, was found dead in a second-floor bedroom at 16 Prospect Street after a fire that broke out shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday.
Police later charged Kyle Robert Shaw Jr., 23, of Wilkes-Barre with setting the blaze.
After an autopsy, Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman ruled the gunshot wound caused Sipple’s death, but could not offer a ruling on the manner of death. He said it remained under investigation by his office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis called Sipple’s manner of death undetermined.
She said the cause of death will not alter the investigation or change any of the charges against Shaw.
Shaw was charged Monday with two felony counts of arson and a felony count of reckless burning.
Police said witnesses saw Shaw fleeing Sipple’s home moments after smoke appeared in the area. According to police, Shaw ran down Prospect Street to High Street and drove off in a red minivan that nearly sideswiped a driver on High Street.
Shaw drove to his ex-girlfriend’s home on Company Row, police said, hit her vehicle and came inside saying his friend committed suicide and that he set the house on fire.
A state fire marshal who investigated the fire after Sipple’s body was found determined the blaze was intentionally set in the bedroom near a closet door, according to police.