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Father accused of shooting own son appears in court

Posted at 11:24 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 23:24:32-04

He’s accused of shooting his son with a fully loaded .38 caliber handgun and Thursday night Thomas Manuszewski had his day in court.

The 77-year-old appeared in front of a judge in Elma town court to answer to three felony charges after a domestic dispute between Manuszewski and his son of the same name turned violent.

According to the Sheriff's office, Manuszewski opened fire, after a fight inside his Elma home. Deputies say they were called to the Clinton Street home, just before Noon, Wednesday.

They found the 39-year-old victim shot in the chest.  He was rushed to Erie County Medical Center and is expected to be okay.

A judge issued an order of protection forbidding the defendant from visiting, calling or contacting his son or wife.

The judge also ordered the man to surrender his pistol permit and all of his weapons.

The case will continue on October 31 after Manuszewski undergoes a mental evaluation until then he will remain in sheriff’s custody.

Manuszewski is charged with assault with intent to cause serious injury, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.