OSWEGO — The man accused of pointing a BB gun at a state trooper before being shot is now out of the hospital and facing multiple felony charges.
Robert S. Teeter, 25, of Central Square, was at the center of an alleged incident in Hastings last month where police say he fought and hid from New York State Police officers chasing him on a stolen property complaint.
Teeter was arraigned Thursday in Hastings Town Court on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; menacing a police office, a class D felony; fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; unauthorized use of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor and resisting arrest, also a class A misdemeanor. He was remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
The scene allegedly played out just before 9 a.m. the morning of Aug. 27 when a state trooper was attempting to place Teeter under arrest in the driveway of a State Route 49 residence. Police said they received a complaint earlier that morning that Teeter had stolen a set of car keys and driven off in a car not belonging to him.
Officials said New York State Police Officer Ryan Cooley had placed one cuff of handcuffs on one of Teeter’s wrists when he escaped the officer’s grasp and retreated into the residence.
Backup was called and more troopers and members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene shortly after, according to police.
After entering the residence, police said they eventually found Teeter hiding in a bedroom where he allegedly pointed a loaded Bear River model B1588 BB pistol at Trooper Nathan Horner. Horner then shot Teeter, with multiple bullets striking Teeter in the abdomen and limbs, officials said.
Teeter underwent several surgeries at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse to treat his gunshot wounds but was discharged Thursday, according to officials.
Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said the weapon charge was a result of Teeter’s alleged possession of a “loaded and operable” BB gun, while the grand larceny charges were due to Teeter allegedly stealing the set of car keys.
“All charges against Teeter are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Oakes said.
Teeter is due back in Hastings Town Court on Sept. 30. He also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Oswego City Police Department on weapons charges, officials said.