Man shot at for getting lost, trying to find campsite, police say

Brian Tschorn

SALEM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – According to sheriff deputies, a man was arrested after allegedly shooting at a person’s vehicle because he was lost.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of some kind of dispute and gun shots being fired on Route 153 in Salem.

When officers got there they discovered that the victim was looking for a relative’s campsite and was lost. He mistakenly drove down a long driveway that led to 36-year-old Brian Tschorn’s home.

The victim says he was confronted by Tschorn, yelling to get off his property.

Tschorn started shooting at his car as he tried to turn around.

“He said to the gentleman, ‘I’m lost, please don’t shoot!’ And the guy still shot,” Washington County Undersheriff John Winchell said.

Several rounds struck the victim’s vehicle and trailer. One round entered the passenger’s compartment of the victim’s vehicle from behind, nearly missing the victim’s head before lodging in the instrument panel of the victim’s truck.

Police say Tschorn was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, a Felony.

“No matter what the Penal Law defines when you can justifiably use deadly force. This would not have been justified,” Winchell said.

Tschorn was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Salem Court and held in Lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

The case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review, possible Grand Jury action and possible additional charges.

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