State police: Homeowner arrested after killing attempted burglary suspects with illegal gun

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Posted: May 29, 2019 9:41 AM
Updated: May 29, 2019 11:53 AM

DEERFIELD, N.Y. -- An attempted burglary in Deerfield turned deadly after the homeowner shot and killed the two people suspected in the incident. 

It was first reported as a home invasion on Walker Road Tuesday afternoon, but state police say the two killed did not enter the house. Now the homeowner, 64-year-old Ronald Stolarczyk, has been charged.

Authorities say 57-year-old Patrica Anne Talerico and 27-year-old Nicholas Talerico were the pair shot and killed. Patricia Anne was found dead in the home, and Nicholas ran out to find help, but later died at the hospital. 

Patricia Anne is Nicholas' aunt, making him her nephew — both are Utica residents.

Stolarczyk shot the two burglary suspects with an illegally-owned handgun, state police say. 

He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm, which is a felony. 

Police were back on the scene Wednesday morning combing through the scene. 

The homeowner is being arraigned in Utica City Court Wednesday.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call state police at 315-366-6000.

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