South Strabane man seeking damages after being shot in the face

February 20, 2014

A South Strabane Township man who was shot in the face by his girlfriend’s ex-husband sued the man’s estate.

Richard Carly, of 222 Kopper Kettle Road, was shot in the face Sept. 26, when he went to the aid of his girlfriend, Terry L. McCutcheon.

McCutcheon, who lived at 1146 Arrowhead Drive, South Strabane, abruptly ended a phone call with Carly.

According to police and court records, McCutcheon’s ex-husband, Harold E. “Junior” McCutcheon, broke into her home that evening, assaulted her and then shot her twice in the upper torso, killing her. The couple divorced in 1996, and had a tremulous relationship that included reports of abuse.

Earlier that day, Harold McCutcheon notified his children through a note that he intended to kill Terry McCutcheon and then commit suicide, court documents said.

Carly went to the Arrowhead Drive home and attempted to enter, when he was pulled inside by Harold McCutcheon. A fight ensued and Carly was shot in the face. He managed to escape and crawl to the home of a neighbor, who called 911.

Carly was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Harold McCutcheon later shot and killed himself after keeping police at bay. Surrounding homes were evacuated.

Carly is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from Harold McCutcheon’s estate, which is managed by McCutcheon’s children, Tracy L. Moore and Harold E. McCutcheon III, both of Claysville. The complaint was filed Thursday in Washington County Court.

As a result of his injuries, Carly suffered “severe, serious and catastrophic injuries, all of which are permanent in nature,” according to the complaint. The injuries listed include post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple gunshots, a lower jaw fracture and deformity, hearing loss in both ears and severe facial scarring.

Carly will continue to undergo medical treatment, and possibly for the rest of his life, according to the complaint.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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