GREENHURST – A reported shooting at the High Acres Mobile Home Park Wednesday afternoon was deemed unfounded by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
Captain David Bentley says after a thorough investigation, law enforcement deemed the initial call of multiple shots fired in the area, and that a person had been shot, was unbecoming.
“Our initial complainant indicated that the subject should have been in one of the trailers here,” explained Captain Bentley. “After a fairly exhaustive investigation we managed to check the area and determined that the subject was not in fact here and that more likely than not the complainant was not completely truthful in the initial report.”
The Captain said that deputies along with New York State Police and the county SWAT Team responded in full force in an attempt to quickly control the situation.
“This individual was supposedly armed with a shotgun, shotguns travel long distances and we have to be extremely careful,” said Captain Bentley. “It would be very easy for him to fire a round and penetrate another residence or strike an individual at a fairly long range, so that’s why we are as careful as we can be in a situation like this.”
Several residents looked on as police worked to “contain” the scene. Captain Bentley says that in the case of a prolonged, an actual emergency, a reserve 911 call would have been issued to residents in the area asking them to stay indoors.
The department’s investigation is ongoing and charges could be placed in this case, although, Sheriff Jim Quattrone says charges are not likely at this time.