Police: Man used tractor to bury brother’s body after shooting in Bedford County

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BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– A Bedford County man has been charged in a deadly shooting of his brother that occurred Saturday, July 24 and his bail has been denied.

The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. near Picnic Road in Kimmel Township, according to state police.

Larry Claar, 41, of Claysburg shot and killed his brother Michael Claar. He then dumped the body in a field and attempted to cover it up with dirt. Police noted that he also attempted to clean up the scene of the shooting.

According to the complaint from state police, Claar told a woman that he had gotten into an argument with his brother over the barrel of a shotgun when it went off and shot him.

Another witness told police he heard 5 or 6 gunshots that day before hearing a final shot and seeing Larry drive up and down the road multiple times in his blue Chevy S10.

Claar then reportedly showed up at another man’s house who told police Claar said he did “something bad” and needed to clean up animal blood, using bleach to do so. The same witness said he then heard Claar operating a tractor just before dark. This is when police noted Claar tried to hide his brother’s body in a shallow grave.

Claar then hitched a ride to a Sheetz store in Hollidaysburg where he was later found at another person’s home. The woman later related to police in an interview that Claar told her he got into an argument and the shotgun accidentally went off, and he tried to hide the body.

Claar is currently at the Bedford County Correctional Facility facing charges of homicide in the first and third degree, assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He has been denied bail due to the charges.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 4 at Bedford County Central Court.

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