Rochester Man arrested on Murder charges following shooting incident in Herkimer County



On September 5, 2020, at 8:27 p.m., the Town of Webb and Town of Inlet Police responded to a reported home invasion at 168 Dan-Bar Acres Road in the town of Webb, Herkimer County.

The preliminary investigation has determined Stephen E. Swanton was involved in a verbal altercation with two individuals outside his residence.  The dispute stemmed from an earlier argument at a party down the road from Swanton’s residence.  During the altercation it appears Swanton shot both individuals with a handgun in his driveway.

Swanton was taken into custody by officers from the Town of Webb and Inlet Police Departments without incident.

The shooting victims have been identified as:

  • Scott R. Krempler, age 50 from Patterson, NY was pronounced deceased at the scene.

  • William J. Robertello, age 55 from Oriskany, NY was transported via LifeNet to Upstate University Hospital with a gunshot wound, he was treated and released.

Stephen E. Swanton, age 43 from Rochester, NY has been arrested and charged with Murder 2nd degree, a class A-1 felony and Attempted Murder 2nd degree, a class “A-II” felony.

Swanton was arraigned via Skype and remanded to the Herkimer County Jail on no bail.

The investigation is continuing by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

State Police were assisted at the scene by Town of Webb Police, Town of Inlet Police, Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, LifeNet and Old Forge Ambulance. 

The investigation is continuing.

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