DEERFIELD, N.Y. – Two people are dead and a man is in custody after a shooting in upstate New York on Tuesday, police said.

Patricia Anne Talerico and Nicholas A. Talerico were pronounced dead after being on the receiving end of gunshots fired from the homeowner, Ronald A. Stolarczyk.

 

According to police, the Talericos broke into Stolarczyk’s home on Tuesday and were in the process of stealing from him when he “interrupted a burglary and shot the two suspects with an illegally owned handgun.”

 

Stolarczyk allegedly used a handgun that was owned illegally to stop the burglary in process. Patricia Anne Talerico was pronounced dead at the scene. Nicholas A. Talerico was transported to a hospital in Utica but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the medical facility. 

Both victims reportedly lived in Utica. 

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Stolarczyk’s home is located at 6110 Walker Road in Deerfield. When Deerfield officers responded to the call, which originally came in as a home invasion, they discovered the homeowner had shot the two intruders.

While New York is not a stand your ground state, the state does follow a similar measure called the “castle doctrine,” which allows individuals to use deadly force to defend their homes against intruders.

Stolarcyzk may not have been arrested or up against criminal charges had he used a legally obtained and registered firearm. A court would have had to decide if he was able to retreat. If not, he may have been found justified in shooting the suspects.

 

Stolarczyk was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony. He was transported to Oneida County Jail where he awaits his arraignment in court.

The state police were assisted by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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