Manor teen shot by friend during 'reckless' horseplay, police say
By Renatta Signorini and Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
A Penn Township man accused of shooting an 18-year-old friend in the chest with a shotgun during an afternoon of horseplay is scheduled to appear before a district judge for a preliminary hearing next week.
Colton David Cline, 19, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and two counts of simple assault after a Jan. 14 incident at his Lux Road home.
Cline's friend, Tyler Fetter of Manor, was listed in fair condition at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Cline and Fetter were “goofing around” in Cline's home at about 12:30 p.m., when Cline picked up his Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and pointed it at Fetter, police said.
The gun fired when Cline, who said he didn't realize it was loaded, was moving it away from Fetter, Penn Township Detective Todd DeNillo wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.
Cline, who described himself on his Facebook page as an avid hunter and lover of trucks and all-terrain vehicles, ran to his mother's nearby bedroom to tell her that he'd shot Fetter and to summon help, police said. Fetter and Cline chatted on Facebook earlier in the week about plans to get together.
“We don't believe the intent ... was homicide,” township police Chief John Otto said.
“We believe that this was a reckless act that took place.”
After posting $2,500 of a $25,000 bond, Cline is free while awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler
Cline, who told Kistler he is unemployed, also has other court dates coming up.
He is scheduled for a March 26 preliminary hearing before North Huntingdon District Judge Douglas Weimer on charges of theft and receiving stolen property related to a Nov. 28 incident in North Huntingdon.
After the shooting last week, Westmoreland County prosecutors withdrew an offer to enroll Cline into a pretrial diversionary program for first-time, nonviolent criminal offenders in connection with a March case involving forgery, theft and related charges in Penn Township, court records show.
Common Pleas Judge Alfred Bell scheduled a formal arraignment in that case for Feb. 12.
Staff Writer Chris Foreman contributed to this story. Renatta Signorini and Rossilynne Skena Culgan are staff writers for Trib Total Media.
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