A Pittsburgh man shot and killed a Freeport woman Saturday as she drove home from her Buffalo Township workplace before driving back to Pittsburgh and killing himself in a Greenfield cemetery, according to state police.
Mary Jo Kornick, 62, had a protection from abuse order against her killer, who police said was Nicholas Domek III, 72, of Pittsburgh.
She was headed toward home about 3 p.m. on Route 356 in Buffalo Township just south of the Route 28 interchange when she veered into oncoming traffic and clipped the rear of a vehicle headed in the opposite direction, police said.
Investigators said Domek “immediately drove onto the scene,” pulled next to the crash site and shot Kornick.
Witnesses told police Domek approached from the opposite direction that Kornick had been driving. Police did not know whether he had been following her and turned around or how he came upon the scene, state Trooper Ronald Keston said.
One .40-caliber shell casing was found at the scene, police said.
Domek was found dead in Calvary Catholic Cemetery shortly after 5 p.m. with what’s suspected to be the same handgun, police said.
A Pittsburgh police spokeswoman said officers received a call about a man dead on the grounds of the cemetery, and the initial investigation indicates he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kornick was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where she died, police said.
Authorities were able to track Domek from the scene in Buffalo Township to Pittsburgh, where they knew he lived, and at one point used a license plate reader that showed he was at the Tarentum Bridge, Keston said.
Domek lived near the cemetery where he was found, Keston said.
The investigation shut down part of Route 356 for nearly five hours as police investigated the shooting scene. The road reopened just after 8 p.m.
Public records show the two lived together at some point, and an obituary for Kornick’s mother published in 2012 lists Domek as Mary Jo Kornick’s companion.
Domek was charged in December with following a woman to her job at Rosebrook, an assisted living home in Buffalo Township, and attempting to kidnap her at gunpoint.
Police said she’d just arrived for work when Domek came up behind her, put a gun to her head and told her she was coming with him, Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV reported at the time.
The TV station reported Domek tried to drag her to his car, but she knocked him to the ground and ran inside.
He was charged with attempted kidnapping, simple assault, reckless endangerment, stalking and loitering.
Jury selection in that case was set to begin next month.
A month before that attack, Domek was charged in Allegheny County with lying while trying to buy a firearm and making false statements. A non-jury trial for those charges was set for August.