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Charges Filed in Death of Man Who Owned Home Repair Company

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  A man has been charged with manslaughter in Friday’s shooting death of the owner of a home repair business.

Police say it unfolded Friday evening in the 3100 block of Ivanhoe Avenue when 74-year-old Robert Hartzell Sr. reportedly shot another man during a dispute.

A third man, 36-year-old James Blakey, ran into his nearby apartment and retrieved a shotgun.

As Hartzell was trying to drive away, police say, Blakey fired twice striking Hartzell in the head.

Blakey was later captured and now faces charges of voluntary manslaughter, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a firearm.

Bond has been set at $225,000.

The man who was shot by Hartzell is hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the hip, chest and neck.

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