Man charged in shooting death of Pennsylvania junior firefighter

A Pennsylvania man was charged Sunday in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old junior firefighter inside a fire station.

State police said George Matis, 21, of Republic, was charged with criminal homicide.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, authorities said the unidentified teen was shot at around 4 p.m. inside the fire hall at the Republic Volunteer Fire Company in Redstone Township in Fayette County, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.

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Redstone Township police responded to a report that someone had been shot inside the fire station and found the teen with a gunshot wound to the face. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner's office identified the teen but will be released after relatives are notified. Officials told WPIX-TV that the teen was a sophomore at Brownsville High School.

The fire company said on its Facebook page that a parade and other events scheduled for Sunday night had been canceled “due to an emergency.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.