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Police seek motive in Elk Co. shooting

By: WJAC Web Staff

ST. MARYS, Pa. --

Investigators in Elk County are searching for a motive behind a fatal shooting in St. Marys on Tuesday.

The victim, 48-year-old June Talmadge, who police said also used the last name Andrus, was shot in the parking lot of Eastern Sintered Alloys in the in St. Marys Industrial Park.

Police arrested her boyfriend, 44-year-old Michael Stephanic, of St. Marys, in connection with the shooting.

St. Marys City Police Sgt. Tom Nicklas said an on-duty officer quickly took Stephanic into custody without incident. Stephanic is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Police said they believe both Talmadge and Stephanic were employed at the metals plant, and that Talmadge was working an overnight shift. Workers inside said they heard shots and ran outside, then saw Stephanic with a rifle.

Police said Talmadge was taken to Elk Regional Health Center, where she later died.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times