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Man Who Shot at Sheriff's Deputies Charged with Attempted Murder


District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announces that 48 year-old Matthew W. Eck of 5978 Brown Hill Road, Boston, will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. today before County Court Judge Michael D’Amico on an indictment charging him with two counts Attempted Murder in the First Degree, two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

It is alleged that on March 16, 2014 Eck shot at Erie County Sheriff Deputies Jonathan Hanna and Brad Ballantyne with an assault rifle when they responded to his residence for a domestic disturbance. 

If convicted of these crimes, Eck faces a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

Like all defendants accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.