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Tonawanda man, ditched by friends, charged after shotgun goes off

A City of Tonawanda man was charged Sunday morning with four felonies after he allegedly angrily confronted two people in a Dexter Street home with a shotgun, which went off when he was pushed.

No one was hurt.

Michael P. McCurry, 57, was allegedly upset that he had been left at a motel room on Niagara Falls Boulevard after a night of drinking. When he arrived back at his Dexter Street home at about 6:30 a.m., he seized a 12-gauge shotgun and confronted two individuals in the bedroom, who had left him to walk home.

According to Tonawanda city police, he pointed the loaded weapon at a man and a woman, who were in the bed, and told them to "get out." A third person who heard the ruckus then pushed him, causing the gun to fire through the floor and through the living room ceiling below. The man and woman left and called police, who recovered a shotgun – still holding additional shells in the chamber – hidden in an attic.

McCurry was charged with criminal use of a firearm, first-degree attempted assault, third-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon – all felonies – as well as a second-degree menacing with a weapon, a misdemeanor. He was held for arraignment.


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