LEROY – Genesee County law enforcement officials arrested a 56-year-old man for the fatal shooting of his neighbor early Tuesday on Selden Road in the Town of LeRoy.
Kyle G. Johnson, 53, of 7324 Selden was charged with shooting Norman D. Ball, 69, in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun as he slept in his residence, less than a half-mile from Johnson’s house.
Genesee County Sheriff Gary T. Maha said Johnson entered Ball’s home at 7421 Selden through an unlocked rear door at about 3:50 a.m. After gaining entry, Johnson encountered Ball’s roommate, deputies said.
But Johnson was searching for Ball, and found him sleeping downstairs in bed, deputies said. Johnson shot Ball in the head before fleeing on foot to his own home, which he set on fire, deputies said.
At 4:15 a.m. the Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center received a call of a house fire at Johnson’s residence, deputies said.
When fire personnel and several sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, Johnson was outside his burning home and he fired his shotgun in their direction, deputies said.
No shots hit first responders or their vehicles, deputies said. The Batavia Police Emergency Response Team and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded to the scene and contained Johnson, who paced back and forth while his house burned.
Johnson ignored repeated commands by authorities to drop his weapon, Maha said.
“At one point he charged the armored vehicle and then backed off,” Maha said.
“He refused several commands to put down his weapon.”
Johnson finally put his shotgun down just before 8 a.m., Maha said, and was arrested.
He was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, third-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment.
Selden Road remained closed between West Bergen Road and Route 19 for several hours.
Residents unable to return to their homes were given shelter, authorities said.