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Investigation of Chambersburg shooting death continues

August 08, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg police on Thursday were still investigating the death of a borough man found shot in the face Wednesday morning on Hemlock Circle.

Timothy Aaron Short, 42, died of a single gunshot wound to the face and neck, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Wednesday night. Though his body was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, police believe he was killed about 2 a.m. Several residents on the street said they heard what sounded like a gunshot at that time.

Police provided no new information on the killing as of Thursday afternoon and no one had been taken into custody.

Residents who said they heard the shot also said they did not report it. Gary Pettner found the body as he was leaving his home at 10 Hemlock Circle, according to his wife, Katrina.

Pettner and other Hemlock Circle residents who saw the body said they did not recognize him.

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Short lived in an apartment on Hood Street where the mail box had his name and that of Derek Short. No one answered the doorbell Thursday afternoon.

On the door of the apartment was a card from an officer of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. A neighbor said the two men had moved in "a couple of months ago."

Timothy Short was in a state prison until December 2007, having been sentenced in September 2004 to 2 1/2 to 15 years in prison and five years on probation, according to court documents. He was sentenced after pleading guilty to theft charges in a 2003 case, the documents stated.

The sentencing records showed he also was ordered to pay about $16,000 in restitution to several victims -- four businesses and an individual.

Court records showed he also had a theft charge filed against him in 1996 and later dismissed, and a conviction for a 1998 accident.

Police have asked that anyone who saw Short Tuesday evening or early Wednesday to call them at 717-264-4131.

Short was the second homicide in the borough this year. Juwan Johnson, 24, no fixed address, is awaiting trial for the Feb. 1 shooting death of 24-year-old Gregory J. Street of Chambersburg.

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