Hanover man facing homicide charges after admitting to shooting woman in head

YORK COUNTY, Pa. -- UPDATE (October 14): A Hanover man is facing charges after admitting to shooting a woman in the head.

Joshua Wertz, 30, is facing criminal homicide charges for his role in the incident.

On October 13 around 12:50 a.m., police were dispatched to the first block of Sunset Drive in West Manheim Township for a reported shooting.

The caller told the 911 dispatcher that Wertz had shot his girlfriend, Nicole Cash, of McSherrystown, in an argument.

According to the court documents, the weapon used was an AR-15.

Upon arrival, police found Wertz exiting the residence, and detained him.

Authorities noted that they could smell alcohol on Wertz's breath.

When police entered the home, they found Cash deceased in the basement with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Police also found several firearms in the baseman, including an AR-15 rifle.

Authorities spoke to the 911 caller, who was holding a 9-month-old child that was reportedly in Cash's arms at the time of the shooting.

According to the court documents, the child was covered with "obvious" blood and suspected brain matter on its body and clothing.

The 911 caller told police that Wertz had been gone most of the day before coming home, taking a shower, watching television, and going to bed.

However, around 12:45 a.m. on October 13, the 911 caller heard Wertz screaming "get up Dad! I shot her in the face!"

Then, the 911 caller said Wertz started talking about killing himself.

While in the back of a Penn Township Police car, Wertz was recorded saying, "I told that girl don't touch my rifle when its loaded and what does she do... she goes d***ing with it and of course she blows her f***ing head off and then I take the rifle down and put it on the f***ing floor."

According to the court documents, when police asked if Wertz was okay he said, "my girlfriend is dead dude, because she wanted to grab a f***ing rifle I was d***ing with."

PREVIOUSLY: The York County Coroner has released the name of the 26-year-old woman who died in a shooting over night in West Manheim Township as Nicole Cash of McSherrystown, Adams County.

According to dispatch, the call came in around 12:48 a.m., Sunday to a home on the first block of Sunset Drive for a shooting.

Police say upon arrival they found Cash dead. According to the York County Coroner, it was not her residence.

A 30-year-old man who lives at the home was placed under arrest and charged with criminal homicide, according to police.

This incident is being investigated by West Manheim Township Police, the York County Forensic Unit, and Penn Township Police.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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