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Man, 18, accidentally shoots friend in hand, faces weapons charge

Staff Reports Posted 15 December 2015 at 6:00 pm

HAMLIN – An 18-year-old accidently shot his friend in the hand with a deceased relative’s gun on Monday evening, causing non life-threatening injuries, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The incident occurred at 1728 County Line Rd., just across the Orleans County line.

William R. Miller, 18, accidentally shot his friend Tyler Strassner, 19, of Kendall in the hand. The bullet went through his wrist and into his upper right abdomen near his liver. The accident occurred at Miller’s residence, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Miller has been charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having a deceased relative’s gun, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Strassner was taken by Monroe Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. The bullet was removed and he was stitched up and discharged at about 10:30 p.m.