The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 27, 2012

County attorney to determine if Pittsburg shooting death was a homicide

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Police won’t say if the shooting death of a 21-year-old man early Sunday morning in Pittsburg was an accident or a homicide.

Maj. Brent Narges indicated that the death of Bryan W. Merando remained under investigation late Monday afternoon.

Officers were called at 3:15 a.m. Sunday to 401 W. Second St. regarding a man who had been shot with a handgun. Merando was taken to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg with a single gunshot wound and later was flown to University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where he died Sunday afternoon.

Narges said a handgun was recovered at the scene. He declined to say in what part of the body the victim was shot. He also declined comment on the circumstances of the shooting, including whether it appeared to be an accident or a homicide.

“We’re not saying either way at this point,” Narges said. “We’re going to leave that up to the county attorney.”

He said several people were present at the address at the time of the shooting and were interviewed by investigators. No arrests have been made.

“Some were witnesses, some were not direct witnesses to (the shooting),” Narges said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting incident to call the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 417-782-TIPZ.

 

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