SMITH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Investigators said a man on his lawnmower was shot dead by his neighbor on Wednesday.
The Washington County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 44-year-old Jerry Anderson.
“My nephew wouldn’t bother a fruit flea … He has two kids, it’s just like a bad dream,” said Terry Harbison, Anderson’s uncle.
The deadly neighbor dispute and SWAT standoff that followed on Loffert Road in Smith Township shook the quiet neighborhood.
State police identified the suspect as 52-year-old Bryce Tacy.
“I won’t go into detail on this, but as a result, the suspect fired two shots and hit the victim in the back and back of the head while on his tractor,” the Washington County District Attorney said. Jason Walsh said.
Anderson’s uncle told KDKA that their family is devastated. They said Anderson leaves behind two teenage twins.
“He was a good father, he worked every day, it’s a shame,” Harbison said.
Walsh said Tacy entered her home on Loffert Road after the shooting and would not report to law enforcement for over 30 minutes. Officials eventually convinced the man away from home.
NewsChopper2 captured the moment he walked out with his hands up and was taken into custody.
“My heart goes out to the victim and their family,” Walsh said.
The reason for the shooting is unclear, but officials and Anderson’s family said this was not the first feud.
“I think there have been some controversies in the past, none that have reached this level,” Walsh said.
“They had problems … My nephew’s mom and dad have lived next door to him for years and have had problems with the boy for a long time,” Harbison said.
Anderson’s family said they will always remember him as a good person and a good father.
“Being just the guy he was, the person he was, he was a good guy,” Harbison said.
The shooting is under investigation by the state police and the Smith Township Police Department.
The district attorney said charges should be filed against Tacy soon.