Man accused of shooting at Genesee Co. deputy pleads not guilty

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man accused of shooting at a Genesee County Sheriff’s deputy in Byron nearly two months ago says he is not guilty of the charges placed against him.

Authorities say Deputy Andrew Hale was writing a ticket for a driver at the Byron Arrow Mart when his cruiser’s back window was shattered from a bullet.

Just after the rifle’s .22 caliber round pierced through the vehicle, another deputy at the scene, Joseph Corona, blocked Hale from the shooter with his vehicle. The two hid behind their patrol cars, trying to figure out where the shot was fired from.

The deputies called in backup, and after noticing an open window on the second floor at the Byron Hotel across the street, they headed up to that location.

In there, they found David O’Connor with a rifle and a box of ammunition. He was slightly drunk, according to the officers.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office said O’Connor was easily taken into custody without struggling.

Following the incident, O’Connor was charged with attempted aggravated murder of a police officer, felony first-degree reckless endangerment and felony third-degree criminal mischief.

He pleaded not guilty to all three charges in court Tuesday, and remains jailed without bail.

O’Connor will reappear in court on June 17 and take part in an oral argument on July 6.

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