Woman shoots, kills boyfriend inside her Westmoreland Co. home, police say

Woman shoots, kills boyfriend inside her Westmoreland Co. home

RUFFS DALE, Pa. — A woman has been charged with first degree murder and criminal homicide in the shooting death of her boyfriend Sunday night inside her Westmoreland County home.

According to police, Meghan West, 29, invited Andrew Pristas, 30, to the Valley High Mobile Home Park in Ruffs Dale.

Just before midnight, the two got into an argument over something on West’s phone. She ran into a bedroom and locked herself inside. According to police, she grabbed a gun and fired a warning shot through the door.

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A woman has been charged with first degree murder and criminal homicide in the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend Sunday night inside her Westmoreland County home.
A woman has been charged with first degree murder and criminal homicide in the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend Sunday night inside her Westmoreland County home. (Westmoreland County Prison)

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West claims that Pristas continued to try to break down the locked door before she fired a second round into the door, which struck him.

“She went outside the door and realized he was laying there in a pool of blood, initiated a 911 phone call and she did render some medical aid,” said Trooper Steve Limani of the Pennsylvania State Police.

West was denied bond.

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