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Police: Man shot, killed after altercation with co-worker

A man is charged with homicide after he called police and said he fatally shot his co-worker in Kennedy Township Friday night, police said.

Deon Wells told police he shot and killed Timothy Maxon Jr., 50, after the two got into an altercation, according to a police criminal complaint.

The incident happened on Kenridge Drive around 11 p.m. Friday, where both men worked as residential program workers. The men were both working their usual 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

Wells said Maxon came into work “very agitated and was cursing at him.” Wells told police he tried to stay away from Maxon by going out to the driveway where Wells’ vehicle was parked.

Maxon “followed him and got in his face again,” the complaint said, so Wells said he sat in the passenger seat of his car with the door open.


Wells said Maxon then approached him again and began yelling at him, so Wells opened his glove box and removed his 9mm pistol, according to the complaint.

Wells told police he held the gun at his side and told Maxon to back up. When Maxon refused and began to come toward him with both hands clenched, Wells fired two shots into Maxon’s chest.

Wells called 911 and told police what happened. Wells said he has a permit to carry a firearm, according to the complaint.

The victim died from at least one gunshot wound after being transported to a local hospital, police said.

Wells was arrested and charged with criminal homicide. As of Saturday evening, he remained in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.