Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2012

Syracuse-area man, Michael R. Hallock, charged with the shooting of his friend, Thomas J. Devine, Jr.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department have charged a man with the shooting of his friend Tuesday morning in the Town of Geddes, according to an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Syracuse, Onondaga County

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20-year-old Michael R. Hallock of 4915 West Genesee Street, has been charged with assault in the 2nd degree in connection with the shooting of 20-year-old Thomas J. Devine, Jr. of 1024 Grand Avenue.

According to sheriff’s office officials, Town of Geddes Police and sheriff’s deputies responded to Devine’s home where he was shot in the chest by his friend Michael Hallock. Detectives investigating the incident report that Devine and several friends were at his second floor apartment when Hallock and Devine began “playing around” with Devine’s weapons.

Witnesses stated that throughout the evening, Devine and Hallock were pointing the guns, including a 7.62 rifle, around the apartment and at times pointing it at each other. Just before 1am, Hallock discharged the rifle while it was pointed directly at Devine’s chest. Devine’s friends immediately called 911 and provided first aid prior to police and rescue personnel responding.

In addition to being charged with assault in the 2nd degree, Hallock was also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree for being in possessing of brass knuckles and a metal knuckle knife.

The shooting of Devine was considered unintentional by police; however, the conduct was criminal based on the recklessness of the actions.





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