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September 23, 2013

Area man accused of murdering father

A Middlefield man has been accused of fatally shooting his father, a retired Worcester Central School teacher, during a domestic dispute this weekend, sources said Sunday.

Michael Richard Buck, 33, of 163 Indian Run Road, was charged at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree criminal use of a firearm, all felonies, Otsego County deputies said.

Buck allegedly shot his father, Joseph A. Buck, 64, multiple times with a handgun, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin said.

Defendant Buck, who suffered a gunshot would to a hand, remained hospitalized Sunday with a deputy posted at his room, Devlin said.

Meanwhile, the Worcester school teaching community was in shock Sunday from the news about the death of Joseph Buck, who taught science to sixth-graders, said Jim Kenyon, a faculty member and athletic director at the district.

“It’s just a tragedy — it’s a shock,” Kenyon said. “It’s a big loss.”

At 1:42 a.m. Saturday, a caller from Indian Run Road told a dispatcher at the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center that a suspicious person was outside her home, according to a media release.

Devlin said the call was from a Buck family relative who reported that the dogs were acting up and someone with a flashlight was outside her house.

The dispatcher was on the telephone with the resident for more than 12 minutes, during which time Michael Buck knocked on the door, apparently seeking help, Devlin said.

Joseph Buck and his wife, who wasn’t home at the time of the shooting, and Michael lived at the Indian Run Road residence, Devlin said, and other relatives lived in homes along the same road. 

Authorities conducted interviews at the caller’s residence, and deputies went to the Buck residence and found Joseph A. Buck, 64, deceased.

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