SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) — Sharon police have arrested a Farrell man on charges related to the shooting of a boy killed Saturday night.
Curtis R. Coleman III, 19, has been booked into the Mercer County Jail on $2 million bond.
Coleman has been charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Chief Edward Stabile says officers responded to West Budd Street between Dock Street and the Shenango Valley Freeway around 9:15 p.m. Saturday for reports of a shooting.
According to police, officers found 17-year-old Gavin Beighley suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso and had him transported to Sharon Regional Hospital, where he later died.
According to a police report, Coleman fired multiple shots at Beighley and three others who were riding their bikes. A family member, who was with Coleman at the time of the incident, witnessed the shooting and cooperated with police, which helped lead to an arrest at Coleman’s place of work.
A criminal complaint says Coleman admitted to the shooting and said he didn’t know that someone had died until he saw it on the news. He apologized and said he wrote an apology to the victim’s family and friends, the complaint stated.
Coleman was arraigned by District Judge Daniel Davis.
Justi Glaros, the superintendent of Sharon City School district where Beighley attended high school, gave a statement to First News.
“We are saddened by the loss of our student and will make every effort to support our students and community,” Glaros stated. “Our crisis team is trained to help with the needs of students, parents and school personnel during difficult times such as this. We will have additional counselors and support on-site to assist as we navigate through this tragedy.”
Hanna Erdmann contributed to this report.