State Police say charges are pending against a Geneseo man after he allegedly threatened his father, and then was shot by a trooper who was trying to keep the son from hurting anyone.
Major Mark Koss says both his trooper and a Livingston County Deputy responded when a call came in from a house on North Road in Geneseo on Monday night. Koss says that 21 year old Greg Walsh, who had been drinking heavily all day, had threatened to harm himself and others, and he was armed with a rifle.
Police say that Greg Walsh had scuffled with his father, 59 year old Kevin Walsh, as well as a 17 year old cousin.
At one point, they say Greg had been hitting his father with the butt end of the rifle, and then pointed the weapon at his dad.. when that happened, Trooper Joseph Danahy told Greg to drop the gun, and when he didn't, the trooper fired one shot which hit the young man in the shoulder.
Koss told WHAM 1180 News:
"I believe Trooper Danahy was trying to de-escalate the situation the best way he knew, he took a position, a cover, and then fired from that position."
Greg Walsh was treated at Strong Hospital for a non-life threatening injury. Major Koss says Danahy is a 30 year veteran of the State Police , and that experience certainly helped him in dealing with this situation.