Half brother shot to death in dispute

Posted on April 10, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Pennsylvania |

Allegheny, PA – Police in Blair County are investigating a shooting death in Allegheny Township involving two brothers.

Police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Ott of Duncansville late Friday night. Ott is facing charges for the death of his half brother 26-year-old John Purcell III of Lancaster.

The shooting happened at a house on Deerfield Drive around 11:30 p.m. Police said the brothers were fighting when Ott went into his room to get a pistol and can of pepper spray. Ott came out of the room and sprayed Purcell in the face. Police said the Purcell grabbed the gun and it discharged.

The Blair County Coroner said Purcell died of a gun shot wound to the head. Ott is in the Blair County Prison facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person.

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