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66-year-old Schuylkill County man charged in shooting death of neighbor

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 19 2014 05:15:06 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2014 02:04:37 PM CST

New details are emerging in the deadly shooting between next-door neighbors.

WEST MAHANOY TWP., Pa. -

A man has been charged with criminal homicide following a shooting that sent shock waves through a community in Schuylkill County.

Ronald Kozak opened fire during an argument with his next-door neighbor Saturday morning in the Shenandoah Heights area of West Mahanoy Township, state police said.

Kozak, 66, was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and a slew of other charges in connection with the death of Joseph Boris, 60.

Kozak would not comment when approached by a 69 News crew Saturday night.

Troopers said the incident that turned deadly Saturday morning began with a verbal argument outside Kozak and Boris's homes in the 500 block of Indiana Avenue in West Mahanoy Township, before it escalated to violence around 11:30, when Kozak fired a single bullet into Boris' chest and killed him.

Police said it's the culmination of an ongoing property dispute between Kozak and Boris that dates back several years. But officials could did not elaborate beyond that.

Boris lived in his home with his wife, who was home at the time of the shooting.

Kozak is being held at Schuylkill County Prison.