Man Shot Brother In Face With Shotgun, Dad Called 911: New York State Police


TOWN OF ANNSVILLE, NY — An Oneida County, New York man is behind bars after police say he fatally shot his own brother.

On Friday, around 12:15 p.m., State Police responded to a shooting inside a home at 3664 State Route 69 in the town of Annsville — Oneida County.

State police say the two brothers, 27-year-old Matthew E. Westcott and 30-year-old James E. Westcott, who both live at the home, ‘had a verbal argument.’ During the argument, Matthew shot James with a shotgun.

The brother’s father, Edward Westcott, heard the gunshot and immediately called 911, police said.

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, 27 was charged with 2nd degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, the Taberg Fire Department, and Amcare Ambulance Services all assisted at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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