Man Faces Charges in Farrell Slaying

Miguel Huey
Miguel Huey

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A Hermitage man was arraigned Tuesday night in connection with a robbery that turned into a deadly shooting late Monday in Farrell.

Miguel J. Huey, 26, of Orange Drive, was arraigned in Farrell District Court on charges of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery. No bail was set.

Huey was arrested around 8 a.m. Tuesday. He is facing charges for the fatal shooting of Andrew Walko, 44. Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Chief Riley Smoot said Walko noticed commotion at his stepson’s home across the street and was checking on the house when he was shot. Police believe Walko interrupted a robbery in progress.

Police found Walko lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at UPMC-Farrell’s emergency room.

Smoot, in a news release later on Tuesday, said police believe Huey was one of three men that entered the 823 Emerson  Avenue home. A family member said Walko’s stepson had left the home moments before the robbery.

A younger brother living at the house ran across the street to help his older brother after hearing noises coming from the home. When the stepson went to his home, he was shot at and chased from the home.

Walko went across the street after hearing the gunshots to help and was shot, the family member said.

“He was truly an innocent individual,” Smoot said.

Police are still looking for the other two suspects.

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