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Police: Domestic dispute ends with ‘peacemaker’ fatally shot

February 10, 2020 GMT

WEST MIFLIN, Pa. (AP) — A domestic dispute between a man and his mother ended when another man who was trying to calm the situation was shot and killed during a struggle over a gun, authorities said.

Dante King, 19, of West Miflin, faces a homicide charge in the death of Anthony Orosco, 21.

The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of King’s mother. He and some friends had been drinking when one of the friends vomited on the bathroom floor, and his mother confronted him about the mess, authorities said.

As the argument became more heated, King said his mother drew a gun on him and he punched her in the face, authorities said. He then called his brother, seeking a ride so he could leave the home, and went to his room and got what he said was his sister’s gun.

Orosco then asked King to give him the gun but King refused, authorities said. When Orosco tried to grab it from King, they fought in the hallway and in a bedroom before the gun went off and Orosco was shot once in the upper chest.

Orosco was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later.

No other injuries were reported in the shooting, which remains under investigation.

It wasn’t known Monday if King has retained an attorney.