MASONTOWN, Pa. (KDKA) — The trial has begun for a Fayette County man who’s accused of gunning down another man in front of his wife and child.
Christopher Shellhammer turned himself into police shortly after the shooting in January of 2018.READ MORE: South Side Residents Fed Up With Violence, But Weary On New Restrictions
Shellhammer allegedly admitted to killing Mike Henrick, a father of three, at a home on Peach Street in Masontown.
Police say Shellhammer walked into Henrick’s home and opened fire.READ MORE: State Police In Kittanning Searching For Arson Suspect Following Reported Domestic Incident
Henrick was killed in the gunfire, and one of the couple’s children was nearly hit as she watched the entire incident unfold.
Police say Shellhammer walked from the murder scene straight to the Masontown Police station and admitted to the killing. Investigators say he only told them he was set up.
Shellhammer said someone attacked him and he acted in self-defense.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Investigate Shooting On Same Night South Side Traffic Pattern Began
He is facing a list of charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.