Police: burglary suspect was victim of assault

Police: burglary suspect was victim of assault
City of Watertown Police (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Watertown police say a convicted felon, who they arrested on burglary charges Thursday, was the victim of an assault.

Police arrested 35 year old Ross Pierce in connection with a November break-in at 306 Factory Street, a building used for storage.

While Pierce awaiting arraignment, police said he became lethargic and told them he had been shot the night before.

According to police, Pierce allowed officers to look at his injuries, which included bruises to his torso. He also had Band-Aids covering areas where he claimed he had been shot, said police, who thought the wounds were caused by a BB or pellet gun.

Although Pierce declined medical treatment, officers asked Guilfoyle Ambulance workers to come to the police station to check him out.

The ambulance attendants determined Pierce needed to be taken to a trauma center.

Police said Pierce was airlifted to Upstate Medical University, where he was treated and released.

According to police, Pierce was physically assaulted and shot with a pellet gun. Detectives are investigating.

If you have information on Pierce’s assault, police ask that you call them at 315-782-2233 and a detective will contact you.

As for Pierce, who has 3 prior felony convictions, police charged him with a felony count of third-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

He’s accused of stealing clothing, a generator, tools and other items from the Factory Street building.

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