Man in custody in fatal shooting

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has a person in custody in connection with the Tuesday evening shooting death of Chad Taravella, 22, of Mingo Junction, at the Ridgewood Place apartments, 601 Two Ridge Road, Wintersville.

County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said charges may be filed today against a 26-year-old man from New Castle, Pa.

Abdalla said so far a motive in the shooting has not been determined in the investigation.

“It seems he just walked up and shot,” Abdalla said.

Deputies have security video from the Ridgewood Place apartments.

Abdalla said Taravella was at an apartment at the complex and became disorderly. Taravella was asked to leave and jumped out a second-floor window. He was standing outside, talking on a cell phone and cussing, when two men approached him. Abdalla said one of the men then shot Taravella.

Abdalla said Taravella was shot two times. Deputies found four shell casings at the scene.

The sheriff said there are still many people to interview in the case.

County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin has been working with Abdalla on the case.

Abdalla said it appears the victim and the suspect didn’t know each other. He said it doesn’t appear there were words exchanged prior to the shooting.

The sheriff said deputies will be searching the area around the apartment complex today looking for the gun used.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)