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Man shoots three-month old son in front of authorities; police open fire

BLOSSVALE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Law enforcement arrived on the scene of 3609 Pine Road in Blossvale to what originally came in as a 911 call Tuesday morning, only to witness a man named Adam Theall, 21, of Rome, armed with a long gun, shoot and kill a three month old baby.

New York State Police said the call came in around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning as a domestic dispute call. When they and Oneida County Sheriffs arrived on the scene to respond, they found Theall in his parents' Pine Road residence armed with a gun.

Carlo Gennario, of the NYS Police, with six years on the force, was the first on the scene, with Troopers Thomas Haumann (15 years on the force) and Richard Snyder arriving just seconds later.

Numerous other officials quickly followed and arrived on scene.

With law enforcement on the scene, Theall shot and killed his three month old son, Eithen Theall, in front of them. Theall then turned the gun on police. Authorities then ordered Theall to drop his gun numerous times, which he refused to do. It was at this point that authorities immediately opened fire on Theall, with Gennario the first to fire.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, State Police Captain Fran Coots said that 911 calls came from both inside the Pine Road residence where the incident occurred as well as an unknown location in Rome. Coots said that both female callers stated that Theall was intending on killing his child.

One of those female callers was Theall's mother, but Coots said he was unaware who the other female was. Coots said Theall was not married to the other female. Theall's father was not home at the time of the shooting.

However, Coots said Theall made no statement to police officers when they arrived on the scene, and instead shot the child the instant they arrived.

Theall was sent via helicopter to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he was undergoing surgery Tuesday evening. As of Wednesday morning, State Police said Upstate Medical Center had indicated to them that Theall was expected to survive.

New York State Police said Theall suffered 14-16 wounds, including gunshot wounds

"He was struck numerous times by several different types of rounds, both 45 caliber and 12 gauge," Captain Coots said.

Three month old Eithen Theall was transported from the scene via ambulance to Rome Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead.

According to New York State Police, there were three kids total in the house at the time of the incident, including the baby who was killed. All of those children are less than 5 years old.

It is not the first time Theall has had a brush with the law. In 2005, Theall was found in violation of a Family Court order and for disorderly conduct. In 2008, he was charged with DWI, vehicular assault, and several vehicle and traffic violations, serving three months in jail for the charges. In 2009, he was charged with assault and in November 2009 was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and assault.

State Police Officials also confirmed Tuesday that they had been to the residence for domestic issues numerous times in the past, as well as to Theall's Rome residence for similar issues. Captain Coots said they had responded to a domestic incident involving Theall as recently as four days ago.

When asked if there were drugs in the house at the time, Captain Coots said he did not know.

Captain Coots said that Theall could be looking at a second-degree murder charge, but that it was too early to know all the charges.

"Truly, the actions of the troopers today was what they were trained to do," Coots said. "Their actions were heroic. They had to unfortunately witness the death of a very small child."

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