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Trooper shot Geneseo man while responding to domestic violence call

Posted at: 01/22/2013 8:01 AM
Updated at: 01/22/2013 1:50 PM
By: Nikki Rudd

State Police tell News10NBC troopers had to shoot a man during a violent domestic call Monday night in Geneseo.

State Police say 21-year-old Gregory Walsh had been agitated all night and pointed a rifle at his father and his 17-year-old cousin at their Geneseo home. He also threatened suicide.

State Police were called to the home on North Road in Geneseo around 10:45 Monday night to assist a Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy already there.

News10NBC found out that Walsh had five rifles in his bedroom. We are told his father, Kevin Wash,was trying to talk to his son when Trooper Joseph Danahy -- a 29-year veteran of the New York State Police got there -- investigators say the father tried to get the long gun away from him but it didn't work  and he fell on the ground.  

Police say the son started beating his father with the butt of the rifle and then pointed it at him. We’re told Trooper Danahy ordered the son to put the gun down and when he didn't, the trooper shot him in the left shoulder. The injury is described as minor.

We had a few questions for State Police Major Mark Koss.

Nikki Rudd: “In situations like this, in light of what has happened, where did the gun come from? Who owned it and was it legal? “
Major Koss: “We're continuing to investigate where he obtained the guns. At this point, it appears he obtained the guns legally.”

Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffery said, “We will be requesting an order of protection on the father's behalf. But again, we still need to determine a good place for the son to go whether it’s into jail, into a treatment center.”

Greg Walsh is at Strong Memorial Hospital where he is listed in satisfactory condition.

We also learned today that this isn’t the first time police have been called to the home. Walsh has threatened suicide before.

The District Attorney says he will most likely face misdemeanor charges.