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Police make arrest in Utica gunfire incident

Posted 7/1/22

A Rome parolee has been charged with robbery and reckless endangerment following the shots fired call in the Taco Bell parking lot in Utica Thursday afternoon ...

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Police make arrest in Utica gunfire incident

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UTICA — A Rome parolee has been charged with robbery and reckless endangerment following the shots fired call in the Taco Bell parking lot in Utica Thursday afternoon, according to the Utica Police Department.

Police said Christion Metzger, 23, of Rome, fired several shots at another person during a robbery in the Taco Bell parking lot on North Genesee Street at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The gunfire struck a vehicle multiple times, but not the victim, police said. The victim suffered a cut to his hand from broken glass and he was taken for medical treatment.

Police said Metzger fled the scene, and they eventually learned that he was hiding out at a residence near Munnsville in Madison County.

With assistance from the state Department of Corrections, state police and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, police said Metzger was taken into custody after being spotted at the residence. Police said Metzger attempted to run from the officers, and he was caught after a brief foot pursuit.

Metzger is charged with one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and a parole violation, police said, noting that additional charges are possible. Metzger is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court.

According to state records, Metzger was released on parole from state prison on April 26, after serving four years on a charge of robbery out of Rome. According to court records, Metzger robbed a man at knifepoint on West Thomas Street in February 2018.

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