DEERFIELD, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Two burglary suspects are dead and a homeowner is facing charges in Oneida County.
State Police tell NewsChannel 9 they were called to a home along the 6000 block of Walker Road in the Town of Deerfield right around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The call first went out as a possible home invasion. That turned out not to be the case.
Troopers say that a man and woman went to the home, started knocking on the door and the homeowner, Ronald Stolarczyk, 64, according to police, interrupted the burglary and shot at them with an illegally owned handgun.
The suspects, Patricia Anne Talerico, 57, from Utica, died at the scene. Nicholas Talerico, 27, also from Utica, was driven by a private vehicle to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica where he was pronounced dead.
There was a large police presence at the scene.
“The word that we had originally was a possible home invasion, possible suspect running at large,” said Trooper Jack Keller with New York State Police. ‘We were able to quickly identify who those people were identified as, they weren’t turned out later was one of the victims but also we were able to determine quickly that there was no one else and the public was not in danger at all.”
Stolarczyk is charged with criminal possession of a firearm, and taken to the Oneida County Jail in Marcy for arraignment.
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