By The Blaze. Ronald Stolarczyk heard people climbing up the stairs leading into his Deerfield, New York, home last month, his lawyer told Syracuse.com. . .
“He said he was scared to death and thought he was going to die,” Wolber told Syracuse.com.
With that, Stolarczyk picked up a handgun from the kitchen counter and fired three to four shots at the intruders, his lawyer noted to the outlet, adding that two people fell down the stairs to the bottom.
Stolarczyk then called 911, Wolber told Syracuse.com.
A police officer responding to the call found Stolarczyk at the end of the driveway and told him to put the gun down, the outlet said, citing a felony complaint. (Read more from “Homeowner Fatally Shot Two Intruders — and Got Thrown in Jail for Criminal Possession of a Firearm” HERE)
Lawyer: Homeowner Who Killed 2 ‘Was Scared to Death, Thought He Was Going to Die’
By Syracuse. . . .The two intruders he shot and killed have been identified as Patricia Anne Talerico, 57, and Nicholas A. Talerico, 27, of Utica, according to New York State Police. The aunt and nephew were burglarizing the home at 6110 Walker Road in Deerfield when they were shot by the homeowner, police said. . .
The weapon was a 38-caliber Rossi revolver, according to the court papers.
Wolber said his client didn’t know the two intruders, or know what they were after in his house, or if they thought it was abandoned.
Stolarczyk lived in the home with his parents, but they have both died, Wolber said. His dad owned the handgun, and Stolarczyk said he recently discovered it in the home and never registered it himself, he said.
Stolarczyk, 64, has been charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a Class E felony, police said. (Read more from “Lawyer: Homeowner Who Killed 2 ‘Was Scared to Death, Thought He Was Going to Die’” HERE)