Brian Leonard Pavia faces homicide charge after Forty Fort shooting

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FORTY FORT — Brian Leonard Pavia shot a man mutliple times and killed him over a dispute about a snow blower Tuesday night, according to police.

Pavia, 39, of Union Street, Plains Township, was charged in the deadly shooting of John Henry Dulsky outside the law office of Limongelli & Limongelli at 1217 Wyoming Ave. just before 7 p.m. He was arraigned early Wednesday morning by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on an open count of criminal homicide. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.

Borough police Chief Daniel Hunsinger said the men are understood to have done work at the office recently, but that the “shooting had nothing to do with the law office.” No one at the office could be reached on Wednesday.

An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital showed Dulsky, 38, of Wilkes-Barre, died from multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.

Police said officer Brian Casella responded to the address Tuesday night and encountered Pavia standing in front of a Ford pickup truck in a driveway. Pavia pointed to a man lying face down on the ground in snow.

Dulsky suffered gunshot wounds to his neck and lower back, police said.

Coroner William Lisman pronounced Dulsky dead at the scene.

Pavia allegedly told police he was getting a snow blower from the building and didn’t know Dulsky was there. Pavia said he had “numerous run-ins” with Dulsky in the past, according to the criminal complaint.

Pavia claimed Dulsky punched him in the face before he fired a .380 caliber pistol, striking Dulsky twice, the complaint says.

Police said in the complaint that Pavia stated he “could not believe this was all over a snow blower.”

Courtdale Assistant Police Chief John Fronzoni recovered the handgun from the dash board of Pavia’s Ford. A live round was ejected from the pistol. State police forensic services recovered two spent shell casings in the snow.

Police said Pavia refused to provide a statement after conferring with attorneys Basil Russin and Al Flora.

Pavia’s wife, Amy Pavia, declined to comment. Phone calls made to the Dulsky residence were not returned.

Residents in the area where the shooting occurred were seemingly not phased. Two residents said they were not aware that the shooting happened, while another declined to comment.

Sharon Hardik, owner of Sharon Hardik’s Beauty Shop, also was not upset by the shooting.

Hardik has been a resident of Forty Fort for eight years and the owner of her business for 37 years. She heard the two shots ring out on Tuesday night, and was initially nervous until she found out that the shooting was the result of a personal altercation.

“It’s not like it’s somebody going house to house,” Hardik said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Dec. 26 before Barilla.

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