Rome liquor store owner found dead


WHITESTOWN — The owner of Liquor Warehouse in Rome, Michael DeShane, was found dead in his home today in what law enforcement officials have described as "non-suspicious" in nature.

The cause of death will be pending an autopsy, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies said law enforcement was dispatched to DeShane's residence around noon today and the 63-year-old was found dead inside. Deputies said the death has been ruled "non-suspicious" and no one has been taken into custody.

DeShane was one of the subjects in a controversial video at his Rome-Taberg Road liquor store that was posted on social media on Feb. 14. Law enforcers said the video showed one employee angrily making threats towards another employee, while DeShane tried to mediate.

Authorities said the video prompted an investigation and the threats were enough to warrant a Red Flag Law violation, a new law designed to keep firearms out of the hands of people deemed possibly dangerous to themselves or others. No criminal charges were filed as a result of the video or the investigation.

Police said roughly 80 firearms were removed from DeShane's residence on Cider Street in Whitestown following the violation. The guns were all legally-owned, authorities stated. At an appearance in Supreme Court in Rome on Wednesday, a judge ruled that the weapons removal would remain in effect for one year.

The exact cause and nature of DeShane's death will be pending an autopsy by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office. The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing.


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