According to a press release from the State Police, the sale of a stolen handgun in Saugerties on New Year's Day was interrupted when the gun went off.
Reportedly, a bullet struck one man, who ended up at Columbia Memorial Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Hospital personnel contacted the cops, who investigated the accidental shooting and arrested 23-year-old James M. Manfro and 22-year-old James M. Snack for being involved in the sale a stolen firearm.
For the full press release, see below:
SP Kingston - Weapons Arrest
The New York State Police – Kingston reports the arrest of two males in connection with a shooting investigation in the Town of Saugerties. The State Police in Livingston received a report late Saturday night from Columbia Memorial Hospital personnel of a patient with an accidental gun shot wound. The investigation led the State Police to a residence on Vanvlierden Rd in Saugerties and two suspects were identified and, at the conclusion of the investigation, they were arrested. James M. Manfro, 23 years of age from Saugerties was arrested for the felony’s of Assault 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of Weapon 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree. The second suspect, James M. Snack. 22 years of age from Saugerties was arrested for the misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, and the felony’s of Criminal Possession of Firearm 4th degree, and Criminal Sale of a Firearm 3rd degree. The victim in this case was treated and released from the hospital for a non life threatening gun shot wound. The investigation revealed that while displaying the handgun the weapon accidentally discharged and struck the victim. Both Snack and Manfro were arraigned in the Town of Saugerties Court and remanded into the custody of the Ulster County Jail to return at a later date.