Police: Man accidentally shot during domestic dispute

GABRIELS – An accidentally discharged gun left a man wounded and led to two arrests.

Ray Brook-based state police said they responded to a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm on Nov. 29 at a residence on Franklin County Route 60 in Gabriels. Upon arrival, police discovered Jonathan D. Michael, 32, had suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Audra L. Muncil, 33, and Michael, who live together at the residence, told police that the discharge occurred accidentally while Michael was cleaning his .22-caliber Marlin rifle. Police said further investigation revealed that Muncil and Michael were fighting while Michael was holding the rifle, and it discharged into the back of Michael’s leg when Muncil attempted to take it from him.

Michael was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, where it was determined that his injury required surgery. He was later transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.

Michael and Muncil were both arrested. Michael was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possessing rifles while having a prior felony conviction, falsely reporting an incident and providing a false written statement. Muncil was charged with falsely reporting an incident.

Michael and Muncil were issued tickets to appear in Brighton Town Court at 7:30 p.m Wednesday.