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Authorities To File Charges In Washington Co. Shooting

By: Trina Orlando
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Charges were filed this afternoon against a 47-year-old man from Texas accused in a shooting in Washington County that claimed the life of his co-worker.

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Thursday at the Rosenboom Welding warehouse on Wilson Boulevard in North Strabane Township. The company does on-site repairs for gas wells across the area.

The victim, 34-year-old Trevor Compton, also of Texas, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Canonsburg Hospital.

Police say the suspect, Danny Kirtley, had gotten into an argument with another co-worker before the shooting.

“When our officers arrived, the gunshot victim was outside in a vehicle, the suspect was still in the building. Our officers went inside the building and that individual was taken into custody,” said Sgt. David Richards, of the North Strabane Township police. “The shooter has some type of injury to his head, I believe, but it’s not a life-threatening injury at this time.”

Sources tell KDKA the fight began because the suspect was trying to underbid the company. When the suspect learned that the company was reportedly trying to let him go, he got into a physical altercation with a co-worker. Compton was shot when he tried to intervene.

Kirtley was under police guard at Allegheny General Hospital before he was arraigned. He was treated for a head injury.

Sources believe the head injury was a result of the initial fight.

Workers at a party supply company next door say the men at the welding company were friendly guys and they are surprised this happened.

The victim had a wife and two children back in Texas and was hoping to sell his home so he and his wife could buy and operate a convenience store.

People living near the scene of the shooting are saddened and say they are praying for all who are involved.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.