Murder Charge Filed After Man Shot In City Dies

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A second-degree murder charge has been filed after a man shot Tuesday in Jamestown died at an Erie, Pa., hospital.

The victim, who has not yet been identified pending notification of his family, was taken off life support around 12:20 p.m. and died shortly thereafter.

David F. Waggoner, 54, was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault. In a statement, Jamestown police said the attempted murder charge was upgraded to second-degree murder.

A Jamestown City Court clerk said the arraignment would not take place until at least today when a judge would be available.

The shooting occurred shortly before 9 a.m. at 114 Livingston Ave. in the city. Police said they found the victim shot in the head when they arrived.

Waggoner, who was taken into custody not long after the incident, will be represented by the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office.

The Jamestown Police Department said an autopsy will be performed on the victim today by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pennsylvania to determine an exact cause of death.

Investigators were assisted by members of the Ellicott Police Department and District Attorney’s Office.