CANTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA/AP) – A Washington County man was found fatally shot Monday morning in his home, where investigators say it appears someone tried to set fire to the residence using a flare.
Firefighters found evidence that a small fire was set inside the house on Skylark Drive, but it burned out before they arrived.
Authorities say neighbors heard gunshots just after 6 a.m. and reported seeing smoke.
The victim has been identified as 57-year-old Scott David Taneyhill. He was found just outside the exterior basement door.
State police and Washington County Coroner Tim Warco were continuing to investigate.
“Obviously, the manner of death is a homicide,” said Warco.
Taneyhill was reportedly shot several times around the time the fire began.
His wife had just left the residence with their young granddaughter.
“This is his residence, where he lives, his wife had been here prior to this taking place, but she was not home at the time. The only people who were home at the time were his daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend,” said Trooper Stefani Lucas, of Pennsylvania State Police.
Both individuals are said to be cooperating with investigators, who spent the afternoon getting warrants to search for evidence. Two vehicles were towed from the property, including a bullet-riddled pickup truck.
Police haven’t released any information on suspects or a possible motive.
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