Pennsylvania man shoots daughter's boyfriend, 17, to death after suspecting he was supplying her with drugs
41-year-old Michael D'Biago shot dead Darren Jevcak outside the New Castle pizza shop where he worked; he was arrested and charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.
BEAVER FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA: Law enforcement in Pennsylvania said a man confessed to fatally shooting his daughter's boyfriend "five or six times" after he suspected the teenager had been supplying her with drugs.
41-year-old Michael D'Biago shot Darren Jevcak, 17, to death Friday outside a New Castle pizza shop where he worked at before he was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault, Daily Mail reports.
During interrogation, D'Biago told investigators he shot the teenager multiple times in the arm and head because he "got his daughter on drugs or coke."
According to a criminal complaint, the father suspected his daughter was sneaking out of their Beaver Falls home to smoke marijuana and snort cocaine with Jevcak.
After a tense confrontation with his daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, D'Biago called Jevcak and asked him his whereabouts.
The enraged father then went home to retrieve a gun and drove straight to Scustie's Pizza Shop.
D'Biagio waited for Jevcak to come out of the back door of the shop before opening fire on him, striking his arm and thereby causing him to fall to the ground.
"[The suspect] said he shot Jevcak [again] so that he could put [him] out of his misery because [he] looked to be in shock," the criminal complaint read.
A nearby witness immediately alerted cops as they saw pizza shop owner Joseph Camerot and another employee run outside the establishment and confront D'Biagio.
Responding officers from the New Castle Police Department found Jevcak profusely bleeding and unconscious as he lay on the ground.
While paramedics rushed him to hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Meanwhile, D'Biagio was arrested without incident.
Scustie's received major backlash on Friday night after the company's Facebook page posted that the store was closed due to a "power outage".
But Camerot, who had earlier chosen not to disclose the murder, subsequently apologized and addressed the teenager's death.
"The Camerot family wishes to express its deepest condolences to Darren's family," a post on Scustie's Facebook page said. "Despite my errors in judgment in communication last night, I take full responsibility for them, it was me that made the decisions and not any of my family members. Unfortunately, the fact remains that we lost our Darren, and we are stunned and horrified by this event. Rest In Peace Darren."
Jevcak, a rising senior at Lincoln High School was described in his obituary as a "caring and helpful person" who "enjoyed weight lifting and spending precious time with his family and many friends."
That said, his funeral is scheduled for Thursday.