FREDONIA?- Two Dunkirk men have been charged with manslaughter following the shooting death of a Fredonia man Saturday.
At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Fredonia police officers were called to 217 Porter Ave. for a report of an unresponsive person. After investigating the incident, it was determined Frank T. Slate Jr., 73, had been shot with what is believed to be a 16-gauge shotgun.
Christopher M. Grant, 27, of 54 Kosciuszko Ave., Dunkirk, and Theodore S. Wickham, 45, of 142 King St., Dunkirk, were reportedly visiting with Slate Friday night into Saturday morning when an argument began. Wickham then allegedly shot Slate once.
Fredonia police officers are investigating a murder at this house, 217 Porter Ave., Fredonia, Saturday afternoon. Two Dunkirk men have been charged.
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Police report both Wickham and Grant fled the scene. They were found at their homes by police officers and have been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The murder is the first in Fredonia since Feb. 3, 2010, when Ruth Fisk was killed by Jason Wells at One Temple Square.