Utica, New York Police Investigate Brutal Murder in Cornhill Section

Utica, New York Police Investigate Brutal Murder in Cornhill Section

Utica Police have apprehended a suspect following the discovery of a brutal murder in the city’s Cornhill section on Saturday evening. The incident came to light after residents of a building on the 100 block of Eagle Street noticed blood dripping through their ceiling from the apartment above.

Responding to a 911 call around 7:30 PM, officers confirmed the presence of blood and proceeded to the upstairs apartment. Upon knocking and announcing their arrival, police were greeted by a man, Colton Shaffer, 25, of Utica, visibly covered in blood. Shaffer locked the door, prompting officers to forcibly gain entry. Inside, they found a large pool of blood and indications of a body being dragged. Following the trail, the body of a deceased man was located in the bathtub, where he was pronounced dead by EMTs from the Utica Fire Department.

Further investigation by the Utica Police Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit revealed the victim had suffered multiple gunshot and stab wounds, along with other injuries. The victim’s identity has yet to be released.

Shaffer has been charged with Second Degree Murder, Second Degree Possession of a Weapon, and Third Degree Possession of a Weapon. Authorities indicated that additional charges might be filed pending further consultation with the District Attorney’s office.

Author: CrimeDoor

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