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Bentleyville man fatally shot in West Pike Run Twp. garage

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Trooper Stefani Plume, public information officer for the Uniontown barracks, talks to the media at the scene of a fatal shooting at 373 Sunset Drive, West Pike Run Township, Washington County, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Plume said an argument between two men left one of them dead of a gunshot wound, the other with head injuries.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Trooper Stefani Plume, public information officer for the Uniontown barracks, talks to the media at the scene of a fatal shooting at 373 Sunset Drive, West Pike Run Township, Washington County, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Plume said an argument between two men left one of them dead of a gunshot wound, the other with head injuries.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - State police troopers and forensic investigators are shown at the scene of a fatal shooting at 373 Sunset Drive, West Pike Run Township, Washington County, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. State police said two men got into an argument, leaving one man dead of a gunshot wound, the other with head injuries.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>State police troopers and forensic investigators are shown at the scene of a fatal shooting at 373 Sunset Drive, West Pike Run Township, Washington County, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. State police said two men got into an argument, leaving one man dead of a gunshot wound, the other with head injuries.

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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
 

John Carbone was sound asleep Tuesday morning when his son-in-law and another man began fighting in his garage.

But until a utility worker knocked on the door of Carbone's home, the West Pike Run Township man did not know the argument had turned deadly.

Robert Watson, 43, of Bentleyville was pronounced dead 11:40 a.m. by Washington County Coroner Timothy Warco.

Warco ruled Watson's death a homicide. Watson died of gunshot wounds to the chest about 8:30 a.m.

Carbone, of 373 Sunset Drive, claimed his son-in-law, Joseph Volcheck, shot Watson in self-defense with a .357-caliber handgun as the men argued in a large, metal detached garage.

Volcheck suffered head injuries when Watson beat him with a pipe, Carbone alleged.

Volcheck was flown by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Hospital spokesman Dan Laurent confirmed Volcheck was brought there, but Volcheck's condition was not available.

As Volcheck was being loaded into an ambulance, he allegedly told Carbone he had been attacked.

“He said he was defending himself. What else could he do?” Carbone said as he watched state troopers and forensic investigators search for evidence on his property.

West Pike Run Township is a rural municipality near California, Pa.

Carbone said his daughter, Barb Volcheck, and his son-in-law live with him. Carbone described Watson and Barb Volcheck as lifelong friends.

“I didn't hear anything, neither did my daughter,” Carbone said. “I've lived here all my life – since 1969. I can't believe this is happening.”

The unidentified utility worker found Volcheck covered in blood in the driveway. Watson was dead in the garage.

Trooper Stefani Plume said state police were called to the scene shortly after 10:30 a.m.

“It appears at this point it was some kind of altercation,” said Plume, a public information officer from the Uniontown Barracks.

It was not clear at presstime if charges had been filed. The incident is under investigation by state police at the Belle Vernon Barracks.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724- 684-2640 or swolford@tribweb.com.

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