LIVONIA — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty on Friday reported the arrest of a Livonia resident on numerous charges, including felony weapons charges, after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On Jan. 17 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on East Lake Road in the Town of Livonia after a male called the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center reporting that he had just been shot in the foot by his neighbor.
The investigation by members of the Sheriff’s Office revealed that the victim was visiting his neighbor, 41-year-old Justin D. Mckinney. It is alleged that Mckinney became upset that the victim would not leave his residence and physically pushed him out the front door. After Mckinney and the victim were outside the residence, Mckinney fired a round from a 9mm pistol in the direction of the victim which struck the victim in the foot. The investigation further revealed that Mckinney did not have a license to possess a pistol.
The victim was transported to Noyes Memorial Hospital by Livonia Ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged Mckinney with felony second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, felony second-degree Criminal Use of a Firearm, felony first-degree Reckless Endangerment, third-degree Assault, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child as there were two young children home at the time.
Mckinney was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges and the fact that the charges did qualify for arraignment and the potential for bail to be set under the new NYS Justice Reform Act. It was recommended that Mckinney be held on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond.
Mckinney was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Livonia Justice Robert Lemen. The Judge did remand Mckinney to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. Conducting the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were Captain Brian Applin, Investigator Brad Schneider, Investigator Michael Williams of the Criminal Investigations Division; Sergeant Joseph Zambito and Sergeant Matt Moran of the Patrol Division; and Deputy Caleb Cutting of the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU).
Child Protective Services was also contacted regarding the incident.