By: KDKA-TV News Staff
EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County woman is facing criminal homicide charges following a fatal shooting overnight in Ruffs Dale.
State Troopers tell KDKA that the shooting took place around midnight Monday in the 200 block of Field Stone Lane in East Huntingdon Township.
According to the criminal complaint, Meghan West is now charged in the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend Andrew Pristas.
Investigators say West told state police that she and Pristas agreed to meet at her home. However, the pair got into an argument about “something on her cell phone that he didn’t like.”
The criminal complaint reports that she told him to leave, but he then shoved her. She stumbled and then ran to her bedroom and locked the door.
State police say West told troopers she grabbed a .38 caliber revolver from her nightstand as Pristas tried to break down the door.
Investigators say she fired a warning shot, and then a second shot through the door. When she opened the door, she found Pristas down and bleeding.
Despite attempts to revive him, Pristas died at the scene.
State police say he was not armed.
Investigators say they found the .38 caliber gun lying on West’s bed. They say two rounds had been fired from it.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.