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Suspect in shooting incident dies

| Monday, April 8, 2002

An Ellsworth man who allegedly shot an elderly man and then turned the gun on himself last week died Saturday at a Pittsburgh hospital.

Edward Vitek, 29, of 108 Pine St., was removed from life support at Mercy Hospital and died approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Vitek shot himself behind his ear last Monday with a .45-caliber handgun following a police standoff in Bentleyville.

Vitek hid from police in a house on Lincoln Avenue in Ellsworth after he allegedly shot 76-year-old Edward Elsbury of Fredericktown earlier in the day.

Vitek refused to come out of the house after almost four hours of negotiations with police.

Police stormed the house after they heard a gunshot.

It is believed Vitek shot Elsbury in an act of jealousy.

Elsbury was riding in a vehicle with Vitek's former girlfriend, Cindy Walters, at the time of the shooting.

Elsbury was flown to UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, but the hospital would not release his condition. He previously was listed in stable condition.

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