- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LEROY, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York man was charged Tuesday with setting his own house on fire and fatally shooting his neighbor.

Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha said 53-year-old Kyle Johnson of the Rochester suburb of LeRoy entered a neighbor’s house through an unlocked back door shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday and went upstairs to ask one of the residents if 69-year-old Norman Ball was home. Ball’s housemate said he was in a downstairs bedroom.

After Johnson went downstairs, the housemate told police he heard a “pop” and went down to find Ball lying in bed with a gunshot wound to his head. Johnson had left, taking his 12-gauge shotgun with him.

Shortly afterward, firefighters responded to a fire at Johnson’s house, about three-tenths of a mile from Ball’s house. Maha said Johnson shot at them, but no one was injured.

Multiple police agencies arrived on the scene and neighbors were told to take shelter indoors as Johnson paced back and forth outside, holding the shotgun. He was arrested after he put down his weapon shortly before 8 a.m.



Maha said Johnson was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, arson, burglary and other charges. He didn’t know if Johnson has a lawyer to comment.

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