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Geneseo Man Recovering After Being Shot by State Trooper

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A Geneseo man is recovering in a hospital, after he was shot in the shoulder by a state trooper Monday night. The man was allegedly pointing a gun at his own father when he was shot.

"As you can imagine, he has to make a decision and he has to make it quickly," said State Police Troop E Commander Major Mark Koss.

Greg Walsh was shot in the shoulder.

Police were called to his family's North Road home late Monday. Police say Walsh was suicidal, and had been arguing with family members throughout the day.

"With his father on the bedroom floor, Greg began to strike his father with the butt end of the rifle, before pointing the weapon at him," said Koss.

Koss says Trooper Joseph Danahy ordered Walsh to drop the gun. He didn't, so the trooper fired.

"They already know that this subject has pointed a weapon at individuals in the house, they do hear commotion, the engagement," he said. "So he made a good decision at the time, and like I said, split seconds."

While Walsh recovers from that gunshot at Strong Memorial Hospital, the Livingston County District Attorney's office will consider charges against him. They will most likely include menacing, according to the district attorney.

"We're still in the process of finishing up statements, he's still receiving medical care, but I anticipate he will be charged as a result of this," said District Attorney Gregory McCaffrey.

Walsh's father suffered bruises, but was otherwise OK. Livingston County authorities say they'd responded to the North Road home before. At least one of those times, Greg Walsh had also threatened to harm himself.

"There are several health related concerns we'll be looking at in this case. His physical injuries and his potential mental condition at this point," said McCaffrey.

Five rifles were taken from the Walsh home. Investigators believe all were obtained legally. State police will conduct an internal investigation into the shooting -- a split-second decision made by a trooper in a highly tense situation.

"The officer is instructed to shoot to stop the escalation of violence. And the best way to do that is to shoot to kill," said Koss.

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