TOWN OF LIVONIA – Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Livonia NY resident on numerous charges including felony weapons charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On January 17, 2020 at approximately 2:30 am, 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 (E-911) 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 Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, felony Criminal Use of a Firearm in the 2nd Degree, felony Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 3rd Degree, and two (2) 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 remanded 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.