2011-02-17 / Local & State

W. Pa. Man Faked Murder But Committed Suicide

SPRING CHURCH, Pa. (AP) – A district attorney says a western Pennsylvania man thought to be a murder victim last month had staged the scene before shooting himself.

The body of 43-year-old James Sapinsky was discovered Jan. 16 at his home in Spring Church by his fianc├łe. Sapinsky lived about 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

But Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi (an-DRAY’-see) says in a statement Friday that authorities have ruled out murder and the county coroner is closing the case as a suicide.

Sapinsky died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. His home was arranged to appear that it had been ran- sacked and that he had been tied to a chair before being shot.

Andreassi didn’t say if investigators determined Sapinsky’s motive for faking the murder.

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