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Father accused of fatally shooting son in Watson

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NUMBER FOUR — A 29-year-old Lewis County man is dead and his father is charged with murder after an apparent argument led to a shooting at 9520 Stillwater Road in the town of Watson.

“Violence is never an answer,” Lewis County District Attorney Leanne K. Moser said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Emergency officials were called to the property at 7:57 p.m. Monday and found Lyle F. Davoy Jr. had been shot in the upper torso with a 20-gauge shotgun by Lyle F. Davoy Sr., 56, deputies said.

The elder Davoy was charged with second-degree murder, arraigned in Lowville Village Court and sent to Lewis County jail, Lowville, without bail. A preliminary hearing is slated for 2 p.m. Friday, also in Lowville Village Court.

Before the incident, the father and son had argued, and the younger Mr. Davoy was shot outside after exiting the relatively remote residence, in the western portion of the Adirondack Park, where both men had been residing on at least a part-time basis, officials said.

Neighbors reported the incident to dispatchers, and then — despite the inherent threat — attempted to help the son until paramedics arrived, Lewis County Undersheriff James M. Monnat said. However, attempts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead about 8:30 p.m. by Ms. Moser, also the county coroner.

The death was ruled a homicide by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Lewis County coroner’s physician, following an autopsy conducted Tuesday afternoon at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, according to Dale W. Roberts, senior investigator at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Livingstone determined the cause of death was extensive bleeding stemming from a single gunshot wound, Mr. Roberts said.

Officials would not specify whether the shot apparently came from the front or the back.

The alleged shooter was apprehended quickly and taken into custody without incident, officials said.

“This is an isolated incident,” Mr. Monnat said. “There is not a danger to any other residents of Lewis County.”

Officials at the press conference declined to answer questions about many case specifics, including cause of the argument or whether alcohol was involved, suggesting they were attempting to protect the rights of the defendant and not hamper the impending court case.

“We’re not going to go into a lot of details about the ongoing investigation,” Ms. Moser said.

Officials also declined to discuss the demeanor of the father following his arrest, other than to say he was cooperative with authorities. He was placed on special watch, but not suicide watch, at the jail, Mr. Monnat said.

There were no apparent previous reported incidents of violence between the father and son, and officials were not sure whether the gun belonged to the elder Davoy.

Deputies were assisted on the scene by state police, the state police Forensic Investigation Unit, the Lewis County district attorney’s office and Lewis County Search and Rescue.

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