(UPDATE 8/12/2022 11 a.m.) — The Oswego County Sheriff’s office shared more details on the homicide in Scriba on Thursday evening.

The sheriff’s office revealed that the 64-year-old victim’s name was Stephen Falise. Officials believe that he was shot multiple times in the back by Donald Coon while operating his tractor.

Sheriff’s add that many 911 calls were made before the homicide. The first call said that Coon was on Falise’s property riding a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) and wielding a shotgun. While police responded to this call, another report came in that shots were fired.

Sheriff’s deputies placed Coon in custody shortly after arriving on scene. A short search found Stephen Falise’s body near his tractor in his field. Oswego County Sheriff’s Office says that after Coon shot Falise, he told police he did not like him.

Coon was arraigned in Oswego County CAP Court this morning and was remanded to Oswego County Jail without bail. His next court date is scheduled for September 8, 2022.

When asked about the facial injuries visible in Coon’s picture, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office said it was from a domestic dispute with a family member earlier in the day. Sheriffs were called to the scene but no arrests were made after both parties agreed not to press charges.

Sheriffs added that they have not been called for prior altercations between Coon and Falise.


(UPDATE 8/11/2022 10:15 p.m.) — According to Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, shots were fired on Thursday, August 11 around 4:48 p.m. in the area of 812 Middle Road in the Town of Scriba.

Deputies say a 79-year-old man, Donald Coon shot and killed his 64-year-old neighbor and has been arrested for Murder in the second degree.

Coon is currently being held until he is arraigned in Oswego County CAP Court tomorrow morning and the Sheriff’s Office says they will provide an update after arraignment.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on-scene by Border Patrol, New York State Police the District Attorney’s Office, and Menter Ambulance.


SCRIBA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)– A 64-year-old man is dead after Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies say he was shot during a dispute with another man. Deputies were called to a field behind the victim’s home at the intersection of Creamery Road and Middle Road in the town of Scriba.

Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton says the suspect is in custody and charges are pending. According to the Sheriff, the victim was doing work in a farm field behind his house when the suspect approached him and shot him with a gun.

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