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Customer charged with fatally shooting McKeesport auto shop co-owner

Jeff Himler
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Officials have identified a McKeesport auto business owner who was fatally shot Friday afternoon by an upset customer, and police have charged the suspected gunman.

John Benedek, 41, of Elizabeth, was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. at UPMC McKeesport hospital, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. He died of a gunshot wound, the office said.

Eben Brown, 46, of McKeesport, surrendered at the McKeesport Police station, claiming he shot Benedek, officials said.

Brown was charged with homicide and is lodged in the Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment.

According to Allegheny County Police, Brown came to J and M Automotive Services on Fifth Avenue and confronted Benedek, the co-owner, about work that had been done on his car. They say he then shot Benedek multiple times in the incident that happened at about 3:10 p.m., police said.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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