Press conference yields few new details about shooting

NORWICH – Few details pertaining a shooting that took place in a City of Norwich parking lot early Sunday morning emerged during a formal press briefing at Norwich City Police headquarters Monday afternoon.

Chenango County District Attorney Joesph McBride (R) and other authorities involved in the investigation remained tight-lipped with regard to specific details that led to the shooting with City of Norwich Chief of Police Rodney Marsh relaying just the facts.

According to McBride, both the victim and alleged shooter had been engaged in an altercation outside of the Broad Street Tavern minutes before the scuffle was “transferred to Lackawanna Avenue, which is right around the corner, and that's where the incident took place with the gunshots,” said McBride.



Marsh said that at 3:28 a.m. Chenango County 911 dispatchers received a call from an individual in the area of North Broad Street reporting that there was another individual in the area displaying a weapon,” said Marsh. Marsh said at nearly the same moment, a Norwich City police officer on patrol was waived down by an individual in the street who informed the officer that the alleged shooter – later be identified as Wayne J. Spratley, 33, of Greene –  was brandishing a weapon.

“As the officer exited the patrol vehicle, he heard what he believed to be gunshots in the area of Lackawanna Avenue,” said Marsh. According to Marsh, it was at this time that dispatch would notify NPD patrol of a possible shooter.

Marsh said that the officer then responded to the area of Lackawanna Avenue and found the male victim on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident at the scene.

Following the shooting, investigators would locate a Glock handgun, said to be ten millimeter in caliber by eyewitnesses.

While officials completed processing the scene at a Lackawanna Avenue parking lot early Sunday, investigators and the DA's office indicate that the investigation is still ongoing, urging anyone with additional information to contact the City of Norwich Police Department lead investigator on the case Detective-Sergeant Reuben Roach at 334-1212.

McBride also stated that Spratley could face additional charges.

Spratley is employed with the New York State Department of Corrections.

Neither the DA's office nor NPD investigators have revealed the victim's identity, and according to McBride, the male victim is said to be in critical condition at SUNY Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse.

Spratley – who McBride stressed is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt – is currently remanded at the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond and is scheduled to reappear in Norwich City Court at 9 a.m. this Thursday for a felony hearing.

McBride said that the case will go before a grand jury later in August.

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