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Police seize 80 guns from Rome liquor store owner, manager after threatening video

A video has been shared several thousand times on Facebook, showing a Rome liquor store manager making threats to an employee while she was being terminated.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 10:40 AM
Updated: Feb 27, 2020 2:00 PM

ROME, N.Y. – A video has been shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook showing a Rome liquor store manager making threats to an employee while she was being terminated.

The incident occurred at the Liquor Warehouse in Rome, owned by Michael DeShane. His son, Jason DeShane is the manager who reportedly made the threats in the video, which was discreetly recorded by the employee, Kayla Lorenzoni.

Keith Hunt // WKTV

Rome police viewed the video, and determined it was a violation of the New York State "red flag" law. The law prevents anyone who is a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms.

A Temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order was issued by Supreme Court Justice Patrick F. McRae, and served to both Jason and Michael.

Police were then able to remove all firearms, rifles and shotguns in their possession, without incident, on Wednesday. Rome police say roughly 80 guns were seized from the home that Michael and Jason share.

Kayla posted the video on Facebook Feb. 14, showing her talking with Michael about an incident that had occured previously, saying Jason yelled at her "for no reason" after she questioned the length of her break times compared to other employees.

During their conversation, Jason eventually appears in the video aggressively telling her to leave the store and making verbal threats.

With customers still inside the store, Michael can be seen making futile attempts to deescalate the situation, saying to Jason, “you’ve got to chill out here, because I’m trying to do something in a reasonable manner.”

Jason continued on an expletive-laden rant until the end of the video.

Kayla's father, Dominick Lorenzoni shared the video on his page, with this message:

The post was shared more than 4,400 times with more than 2,700 comments as of Thursday morning.

Hearings have been scheduled for Jason and Michael on Feb. 25 and 26, respectively.

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