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Collins man charged with manslaughter in shooting death

A 32-year-old Collins man was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a Gowanda man inside a trailer home in Collins.

Anthony Chipman, 46, of Gowanda was found unresponsive around 7:40 p.m. on the floor of the residence, said Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Brandon White, 32, of Collins was arrested at the crime scene, his trailer home at 14725 Bagdad Road, Lot 6, Howard said.

A 49-year-old woman who deputies said was assaulted was also found inside the home.  She was transported to ECMC for treatment, Howard said. Deputies identified the woman as White's girlfriend. The investigation into her assault is ongoing.

Chipman was pronounced dead at the scene. He and White were identified by sheriff's deputies as acquaintances who lived a mile-and-a-half from each other.

A pellet gun located near the scene is believed to be the murder weapon, said Howard.

"The pellet entered his upper chest and caused enough serious damage internally that he died," said Capt. Greg Savage of the sheriff's detective bureau.

"There have been a lot of problems at that park, but it's not unusual when you have people living in close proximity to each other," said Howard. "Mr.White is no stranger to our patrols. We have encountered him on numerous complaints."

Last August, a fire at another trailer home owned by White in the same park "may have involved a meth lab as the cause of the fire that destroyed the trailer," Howard noted.

Police have not determined a motive in Wednesday's killing, but Howard said a link to illegal narcotics is likely.





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