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Man allegedly shot by brother in Taberg dies in hospital

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TABERG, N.Y. (UPDATED) – A shooting on Route 69 in Taberg Friday afternoon has become a homicide investigation after a man who was allegedly shot by his brother died in the hospital.

New York State Police say two brothers, 27-year-old Matthew G. Westcott and 30-year-old James E. Westcott, who both live at the residence had a verbal argument. After the argument, Matthew shot James with a shotgun.

The brother's father, Edward Westcott, heard the gunshot and immediately called 911.

When Troopers arrived on the scene, they placed Matthew into custody without incident.

James Westcott was transported by ambulance to Rome Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a gunshot wound to the face.

Matthew E. Westcott, age 27 was arrested and charged with Murder 2nd degree, a class "A" felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree (convicted felon), a class "D" felony.