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New York man faces illegal weapons charges after the killing of 2 burglars in his house, police say

Ronald A. Stolarczyk was arrested for a felony weapon possession.
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A 64-year-old New York state man who fatally shot a few prowlers rooting through his house Tuesday afternoon reportedly ended up in handcuffs, after the police said that the weapon that he used in self-defense was illegal possession.

Ronald A. Stolarczyk was charged with felony possession of an illegal gun, New York State Police said in a press release.

At about 2:40 a.m., officials say Stolarczyk interrupted a man and a woman burglarizing his home in Deerfield, New York, located about four hours drive north of New York City. Stolarczyk then shot the two suspects, police said.

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Ronald A. Stolarczyk was arrested for a felony weapon possession.
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But the 64-year-old was later arrested after authorities said they determined the gun used in the shooting was illegal possession.

One of the alleged burglars, identified by police as 57-year-old Patricia Anne Talerico of Utica, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second alleged burglar, 27-year-old Nicholas Talerico of Utica, was transported to a hospital and died from his injuries.

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“The word that we originally had was a possible burglary possible suspect to run at large,” New York State Police Trooper Jack Keller told WSYR-TV. “We were able to see quickly who those people were identified as…but also we were able to quickly determine that there was no one else and the public was not in danger.”

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Stolarczyk was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm and was transported to the Oneida County Jail, where he is in anticipation of centralized arrest, according to the police.

Authorities say the investigation into the incident is underway.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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