JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees, District Attorney Greg Neugebauer and Johnstown Police Chief Richard Pritchard have released new information regarding the death investigation during a press conference this morning.
Tiffany Busch was shot and killed by her husband, Chad Busch, in the second-floor bedroom of their home, according to officials. She was found wrapped in a blanket.
Chad has been charged with criminal homicide and two felony counts of aggravated assault.
The Johnstown Police Department responded after a call came at 11:30 p.m. Monday night for an accidental shooting at the 1000 block of Virginia Avenue, according to the charges.
After police arrived, Chad gave conflicting information. He originally said that his wife accidentally shot herself in the head after they had been arguing.
During the investigation, police reported that Tiffany had a gunshot wound to the area of her right eye with an exit wound to the back of her head, according to the criminal complaint. They also noticed that a bullet hole was in the drywall behind her approximately six inches off the ground.
During an interview with state police, Chad said he and his wife had an argument, and he was packing his bag to leave. When he went to hug his daughter goodbye, he claims Tiffany had pulled a gun on him and began yelling.
Due to the yelling, Chad said the family dog came and bit Tiffany on the lower leg. At this time, he grabbed the dog and pushed the gun and Tiffany backward, causing Tiffany to fall back and discharge the firearm.
A three-year-old was in the same room as both Tiffany and Chad, only a few feet away. In another bedroom was an 11-year-old child. Both are now staying with family members in Pittsburgh.
Given the angle and the distance of the shot, Forensic Pathologist Dr. Whaley said it is impossible for Tiffany Busch to have shot herself.
After receiving this information, police interviewed Chad again. Chad then admitted he took the gun off of Tiffany and fired the handgun at her, striking her in the face.
Chad is confined to Cambria County Prison without bail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 5.
The original story can be found below.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — A death investigation is underway in Johnstown, according to Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees.
The body was found at a house on Virginia Avenue. We’re told more information will be available later today following an autopsy.
This is a developing story… Stick with WTAJ for the latest.
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