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16-year-old arrested for shooting security officer in his head during high school fight


Fernando Alba

Utica, N.Y. — A 16-year-old boy was charged Sunday with the shooting of a security guard at a high school football game, police said.

The boy turned himself in, said Sgt. Michael Curley, a Utica police spokesperson.

Police identified him as a suspect through video of the shooting, Curley said.

The school district guard was shot at a Thomas R. Proctor High School parking lot just after a football game with Binghamton High School on Saturday.

Police said the guard was attempting to break up a large fight when he was shot in the back of the head. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

On Sunday, police said he’s expected to make a full recovery.

The boy, who was not identified due to his age, was charged with:

  • Second-degree attempted murder
  • Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • Criminal possession of a firearm
  • First-degree criminal use of a firearm

Police said he is not a student at Proctor High School. The boy is enrolled in an alternative educational program, they said.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and said additional charges against the boy and others involved in the fight are possible.

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