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* Animosity Over Woman Allegedly Led Brian Fitch to Kill Jeffrey McCoy

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Animosity over the affections of a woman appears to have driven a Fairfield man to murder his childhood friend in Pinole on Tuesday, Senior Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said today. Brian Fitch, 42, has been charged with murder with an enhancement for the use of a gun in connection with the shooting death of 42-year-old San Pablo resident Jeffrey McCoy.

According to Jewett, the two men had been childhood friends and, at one point, Fitch was even married to McCoy’s sister, making him McCoy’s brother-in-law. But the two men had a falling out over a woman and, on Monday night, Fitch allegedly armed himself with two guns, Jewett said. On Tuesday morning, he allegedly met up with McCoy in a borrowed pickup truck on the pretense of going to buy some heroine, Jewett said. Fitch allegedly shot McCoy with both guns at around 7 a.m. as they were driving in Pinole, Jewett said.

Once he was shot, McCoy either dove out of the truck or was dumped out in the area of Fern Avenue, where he died, officials said. Police said they received a call reporting gunshots in the area of  Buena Vista Drive shortly after 7 a.m. and then a second call about two minutes later reporting a gunshot victim in front of a home on Fern Avenue, down the street from Buena Vista Drive, police said. Fitch allegedly drove away after the shooting and attempted to get rid of the two guns. He then allegedly tried to dispose of the pickup truck, which was covered in blood, at an auto wrecking business, Jewett said.

“Through some very astute police work on the part of the Pinole Police Department, they were able to track down and ultimately recover the weapons,” Jewett said. Pinole police, with help from Fairfield police, arrested Fitch in Fairfield at about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, police said. He is being held without bail in county jail.

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