Former sheriff’s deputy accused of accidentally discharging firearm at Grape N’ Grog

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CAMDEN — A former Otsego County Sheriff’s deputy is accused of accidentally discharging his personally-owned firearm at the Grape N’ Grog restaurant in Camden, according to the New York State Police. Two bystanders were injured.

Troopers said Vincent J. Cavalieri, 27, of Schenevus, was at the Grape N’ Grog in Camden on Sept. 12, 2020, when his personally-owned firearm accidentally discharged in his pants pocket. Troopers said Cavalieri worked as a deputy with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, and was off-duty at the time of the incident.

Two bystanders, a woman and her 10-year-old daughter, suffered minor injuries when the gun went off, authorities said. The pair were treated at the scene.

Following an investigation, authorities said the case was eventually presented to an Oneida County grand jury. Cavalieri was indicted on Thursday on one count of second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, authorities said.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or remove the presumption of innocence.

Cavalieri is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment before Judge Michael L. Dwyer on April 27.

Troopers noted that Cavalieri is currently employed as a police officer by the Cooperstown Police Department.

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