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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of man in Chestnuthill

Kyle Kresge taken into custody

CHESTNUTHILL TWP., Pa. - State police in Monroe County have arrested an Effort man in connection with a homicide.

Kyle Kresge, 46, was taken into custody and charged in the fatal shooting of Lawrence Purcell Jr., 34, of Kunkletown. 

Police were sent to Kresge's home in 1200 block of Glenwood Road in Chestnuthill Township around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. They said they found Purcell dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police said Kresge shot and killed Purcell during a dispute at the residence. Kresge then moved Purcell's body from the home and attempted to cover it with a tarp on the property, according to investigators. 

When Kresge was arrested, police said they found a .22 caliber shell casing in his cargo pants pocket. A weapon has not been recovered, but  witnesses said Kresge used a small caliber handgun in the shooting. 

Kresge was arraigned overnight on charges of criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

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