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Police plan to charge White Oak man in fatal drug-related shooting

| Friday, June 28, 2013, 3:48 p.m.
Talon Perozich

A man fatally shot a McKeesport man and injured his girlfriend because of a drug debt, Allegheny County Police said Friday.

Police plan to charge Talon Perozich, 19, of White Oak with homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, burglary, firearms violations and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the death Wednesday of Brian Cook, 24.

Police arrested Perozich on drug charges Thursday in White Oak. He is being held at Allegheny County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond on the drug charge.

Investigators learned Cook owed Perozich money for marijuana, county police Sgt. Scott Scherer said. Perozich entered the home on Versailles Avenue through an unlocked door about 5:40 a.m. and opened fire with a shotgun, hitting Cook in the head and his girlfriend Stephanie Pavlovic in the hand.

“They were in bed together, she was collateral damage,” Scherer said. “It sounds like he just started shooting.”

The couple's 1-year-old son was home at the time but was not hurt in the shooting, police said.

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