Two men are locked up in the Wyoming County jail on criminal homicide charges after police say that one of them pulled the trigger that killed a Susquehanna County woman in a drug deal gone bad.
Jesse John Long, 28, and David Allen Bohner, 24, both of Tunkhannock, were arraigned late Monday afternoon and held responsible for the death of Micole Lindsay Gumper, 23, of Uniondale, who was shot Sunday night around 9:30 p.m. and was life-flighted to Geisinger Community Center where she died around noon Monday.
According to a police complaint, the victim and her boyfriend, Dominic Pease, had consummated a drug deal with Long and Bohner at the Rivercrest Housing Development off Rt. 92 in Tunkhannock Township.
Believing that the drug transaction had been misrepresented and shorted, Pease, driving a U-Haul van followed a 2013 Hyundai Sonata operated by Bohner out of the devlopment onto Rt. 92 South, headed to Falls.
Police say that Long, who was a passenger in Bohner’s car, began to fire several rounds from a handgun at the U’-Haul van.
In the vicinity of a horse farm along Rt. 92 in Falls Township, one of the rounds penetrated the windshield of the van and struck Gumpper in the front of the head as she was seated in the right front of the vehicle.
She was taken to Tyler Memorial Hospital and subsequently airlifted to CMC Hospital in Scranton where Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland said she died shortly after noon, Monday, of a gunshot wound.
Rowland said in a statement that an autopsy would be conducted.
Long, who resides at 8 Firwood Lane, and Bohner, who resides at 162 Warren Street, were separately arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer around 4:30 p.m. Monday.
He told them each that because of the homicide charges bail was not available.
Long faces felony counts of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit homicide, receiving stolen property and person not to possess firearm, and Bohner faces criminal homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.
Their preliminary hearings are set for Sept. 19.