Utica police find suspect in Rome shooting, make second arrest at the scene

Utica police made two arrests Tuesday night after locating a suspect in a Rome shooting on Steuben Street.

Posted: Mar 31, 2021 12:38 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2021 4:43 PM

UTICA, N.Y. (UPDATED) – Two people were arrested Tuesday night after Utica police located a suspect in a Rome shooting on Steuben Street.

UPD, with the help of Rome police and Oneida County Sheriff's Office, found 35-year-old Joseph F. Amberg Jr. on the 1500 block of Steuben Street in Utica around 11:45 p.m. Amberg is accused of shooting a man in the leg at the Byrne Dairy in Rome on March 17.

Joseph F. Amberg Jr.

Amberg was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

While taking Amberg into custody, Utica police say a woman fled to the back yard. Officers followed after her and saw her drop a quantity of suspected cocaine, so they searched the surrounding area, where they also found a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

Police arrested the woman, identified as 22-year-old Barbara Walter, and charged her with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

Police say drug-related charges may also be filed after the suspected cocaine is tested and confirmed.

The gun found at the scene has also been sent to a lab for testing, according to Rome police.

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