Town of Salina, New York-The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports that one person has been arrested after firing a handgun during an argument.
On July 3rd, at approximately 1:10 P.M., deputies responded to the 100 block of Garden City Drive for a reported “shots fired” call. Deputies along with members of the New York State Police arrived on scene where they quickly determined that two adult males had a verbal argument, which led to one displaying a handgun and firing one round into the air.
Subsequent investigation conducted by sheriff’s detectives revealed that a Nazae Mattice age 19 of 106 Garden City Drive Apartment 3-C, fired one shot from a handgun into the air during a verbal argument with a 57-year-old male roommate. Mattice was charged with criminal use of a firearm in the 2nd degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, reckless endangerment in the 1st degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the 4th degree.
He was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court with bail set at $100,000 cash – $200,000 bond. The handgun, which was discarded by Mattice prior to the deputies arrival, was retrieved by a neighbor, who hid the gun in her apartment. That neighbor was identified as 55-year-old Tina Atkinson of 106 Garden City Drive Apartment 4-D. She was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree and tampering with evidence. She was also arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court where she was released on her of own recognizance.
No injuries were reported, and the argument appears to have started over an unclean apartment.
The handgun was discovered to have been stolen from the State of Virginia.