A man has been found dead in rural Hagerstown and it’s believed that he was acquainted with the person who shot him, police said.

“This does not appear to be a random act and there is no known threat to the community,” said Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter a few hours after the Wednesday, Jan. 12 incident.

An immediate investigation revealed that the shooting reported just after 3 p.m. was an isolated incident, he said.

Deputies from Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to Treaty Line Road near Teetor Road, which is southeast of Hagerstown.  That area is just west of Indiana 1.

Officers arrived and found Thomas D. Pierce, 39, dead at the scene.

Pierce’s death appeared to be caused by a gunshot wound, Retter said.

The names of others involved in the incident are being withheld until additional investigation is completed.

WSO deputies and Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Several law enforcement vehicles remained on scene blocking Treaty Line Road near the railroad track shortly before 6 p.m., their brightly colored lights glowing along with the sunset.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available, Retter said.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.