Son charged with murder in father's death

By Erika Mahoney
By Kelly McCarthy

September 23, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM EDT

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Otsego County Sheriff's Office provides details in a domestic dispute on Saturday that ended with a father and son both shot, and the father dead.

Michael Richard Buck, 33, is charged with the murder of his father, Joseph A. Buck, 64. Michael Buck was temporarily living with his parents at 163 Indian Run Road in Cooperstown, according to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office.

A 911 call tipped off the investigation.

The call came in around 1:45 a.m. Saturday and the Otsego County Sheriff's Office responded to Indian Run Road. A neighbor at 139 Indian Run Road reported a suspicious person on their property. The caller then learned the suspicious person was her nephew and he had been involved in a shooting at his home.

"Deputies forced entry into the residence and located Joseph Buck, age 64, deceased," said Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.

His son, Michael Buck, was found at his aunt's house at 139 Indian Run Road with injuries. Investigators are still looking into the events that led to gun fire.

"Joseph Buck was shot multiple times, Michael Buck was shot once," Devlin said.

The two men were each shot by legally owned handguns, Devlin said. The sheriff said Michael Buck works at Covidien Pharmaceuticals.

His mother was at work and not home at the time of the shooting, but there was another person in the house at that time.

"There was an individual there that we interviewed," Sheriff Devlin said, "But that's as much as we're going to comment at this point."

Michael Buck was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Saturday for murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal use of a firearm in the first degree.

He was arraigned Sunday morning in the hospital and is currently at the Otsego County Correctional Facility without bail.

If convicted, Michael Buck could face 25 years to life in prison.

He is expected to return to court at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30.

The Otsego County Sheriff's Office, Cooperstown Police Department, State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigators, Troop C Forensic Investigation Unit, County Court Judge John F. Lambert and District Attorney John M. Muehl all assisted in the investigation, arrest and arraignment.