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South Fork Borough Police Chief Donald Wyar and his sniffer dog, along with Cresson Borough Police Chief Nicholas Jastrab, search for clues along Front Street in Cresson on Monday after a man was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds Sunday night. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

From reports by Mirror staff

A suspect was arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting of an Altoona man in Cresson Borough late Sunday.

Douglas B. Leap, 46, faces one count of manslaughter and other charges in connection with the shooting death of 31-year-old Ambrose Bowers.

State police were called to an area near the intersection of Front Street and Keystone Avenue around 11:55 p.m. Sunday for reports of gunshots and a man lying in the street.

Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer said Bowers was found dead at the scene. Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said Bowers, who was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. Monday, died of massive blood loss due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Neugebauer said state police immediately launched an investigation with assistance from the Cambria County District Attorney's Office and police departments in Cresson, Gallitzin and South Fork counties.

In addition, Keystone Regional Fire and Rescue provided lighting and traffic control, while Cambria County Box 11 provided comfort assistance to first responders, Neugebauer said in a news release.

The crime scene remained cordoned off Monday while investigators, including South Fork Borough Police Chief Donald Wyar and his sniffer dog and Cresson Borough Police Chief Nicholas Jastrab, searched for clues and collected evidence.

Leap's arrest was announced Monday evening. He is currently awaiting arraignment.

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