Man shot, killed after allegedly forcing his way into Avis home

AVIS — A 30-year-old Jersey Shore man was killed early Wednesday morning after state police said he forced his way into a Pine Creek Township house and was shot by the resident of the home.

The incident occurred at about 1:50 a.m. when Cody J. Englert entered the house at at 925 Fourth St., police said.

“(He) was shot by a known resident of that location and died at the scene. The known resident is cooperating with the investigation,” police said in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon.

Englert was pronounced dead at the scene by Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna.

“I think it’s time for us to get out of Dodge. I think we’ll get the place fixed up, sell it and move away. I don’t want to live here anymore. Anything can happen and we’re right here in the middle,” said Kathleen Day, who lives in a mobile home next door.

Also assisting at the scene were Lock Haven City Police, Pine Creek Township Police, the Clinton County district attorney, and Jersey Shore EMS.

At mid-morning, yellow police tape cordoned off the area in front of the single-wide, tan-colored mobile home where the shooting occurred, as state police from Lamar and Montoursville continued their investigation inside. Troopers could be seen walking in and out of the home, and a state police forensics van was parked in the driveway.

The home is about two blocks from Avis Elementary School, in a residential area that includes several mobile homes among the dwellings.

“It was about 1 a.m. I heard a big bang. The dog started barking. I thought somebody kicked my door at first … it was really loud,” Day said.

“I got up and went out and looked, and pretty soon I saw police cars over there. I’m really scared. This is too close. It really shook us up,” she continued, saying her husband, Carl, daughter Shayna and granddaughter Huananni live with her.

She said she didn’t know who lived in the home where the shooting took place.

Other neighbors down the street were being interviewed by a state police investigator who was canvassing the neighborhood.

Jack Brown Sr. said he didn’t hear anything early that morning and wasn’t aware anything had happened until he saw the police cruiser at the end of the block.

“There are a lot of kids out here … police are always out here. It’s mostly minor stuff,” Brown said.