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Coroner: Beech Creek man died of ‘close contact gunshot wound’

LOCK HAVEN – One local young man is dead and another is charged with criminal homicide following a shooting on Friday night.

Jakob Lee Haines, 21, of Beech Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident by Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna, who said Haines died of a “close contact gunshot wound to the chest,” and ruled the manner of death as homicide following an autopsy Saturday at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College.

Brian St. John III, 19, of 330 Brewery Hollow Road, has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned Saturday morning by District Judge Frank Mills, who ordered bail be denied pending preliminary hearing.

The defendant has been committed to the Clinton County Correctional Facility and awaits his first court appearance which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Clinton County Central Court.

St. John was taken into custody following the shooting, which occurred at 8:20 p.m. Friday at St. John’s residence in Woodward Township, according to Trooper Timothy Wright of the Troop F Major Case Team, which is continuing its investigation into the incident.

Anyone with information abut the case is asked to contact the Lamar barracks at 570-726-6000 of Clinton County District Attorney David Strouse at ClintonDA.org.

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