Troopers: 2 Brewerton men shot at fisherman for being ‘too close to their boat'

BREWERTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - State Police have arrested two Brewerton men who allegedly shot at fishermen who were too close to their own docked boat.

On Saturday around 1:30 a.m., troopers responded to a call regarding a suspicious boat near the shoreline of the Oneida River. Troopers learned that four people were fishing in the area when two others started shooting at them with a pellet gun from a residence on Oneida Drive.

One of the occupants was struck in the face with a pellet, but sustained minor injuries.

30-year-old Benjamin Adams and 44-year-old Matthew Hamacher were both charged with second-degree reckless endangerment for their alleged involvement in the incident.

Troopers say Adams and Hamacher shot the pellet gun several times at the occupants in the boat because they believed the fishermen were too close to their boat that was docked near the shoreline.

They were both given appearance tickets and have a court date set in July.

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