Man charged in the shooting of five-year-old son

AFTON – Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for accidentally shooting his five-year-old son in the face at his home last week.

New York State Troopers have arrested Earnest J. Wurtz, 42, County Route 17, Afton, and charged him with first degree reckless endangerment (a Class D felony) and endangering the welfare of a child.

“Despite the obvious family turmoil of the father accidentally shooting his child, there is still some responsibility of pulling a trigger in an occupied home which could have easily caused the death of a child,” said District Attorney Joseph McBride.

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