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Cranberry Township woman charged with shooting and killing boyfriend

Cranberry Township woman charged with shooting, killing boyfriend
Cranberry Township woman charged with shooting, killing boyfriend 02:07

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) -- A Butler County woman is in jail, charged with shooting and killing her boyfriend over the weekend in their Cranberry Township home.

Cranberry Township police were called to the home on Brandywine Drive just after midnight on Sunday for a reported disturbance.

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The woman, identified as 26-year-old Amanda Hughes, called 911 and told emergency dispatchers that she "did fire a weapon" and then ran from her home to a neighbor's place, police said.

When police got to the scene, investigators said Hughes told an officer that "she had shot her boyfriend." Police found 30-year-old Anthony Smith in the home. No one else was inside.

"She said there was a physical altercation between the two and she fired shots and killed him," said Cranberry Police Lt. Chuck Mascellino. 

Smith was shot multiple times and rushed to UPMC Cranberry, and then flown by a medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital, investigators said. However, police said he died from his injuries just before 2 a.m.

Neighbors said Hughes lived in the townhouse for less than a year. Police say the gun used was registered to Hughes. Neighbor Christina Swallow said there's only one word for what happened here. 

"Shocking, very shocking," she said. 

Hughes is charged with one count of criminal homicide. She was arraigned and is in the Butler County Prison.

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