Son arrested, accused of murdering father

Matthew Taranto / photo: Trumansburg PD

A Tompkins County man is under arrest after police say he shot and killed his father.

According to Chief Thomas Ferretti of the Trumansburg Police Department , officers responded to a call of a reported shooting at 104 Tamarack Lane in Trumansburg early Wednesday morning. Police say upon arrival they found 58-year-old Salvatore P. Taranto of the same address suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and torso.

Taranto was taken by ambulance to the Cayuga Medical Center, where he died shortly thereafter.

Police say they have arrested Taranto TMs son, 28-year-old Matthew Taranto, and charged him with second degree murder in connection with his father TMs death. Police say he shot his father several times with a pistol late Tuesday night in the home he shared with his parents in the Finger Lakes village. Authorities say the shooting happened during a domestic dispute while Camille Taranto, the victim's wife and the younger Taranto's mother, was away visiting relatives at the time.

The Ithaca Journal reports Sal Taranto was a retired Nassau County police officer.

Matthew Taranto was arraigned in Ulysses Town Court Wednesday morning and entered a not guilty plea. He was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail, and is scheduled to return to Ulysses Town Court on Monday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m for a preliminary hearing.

His lawyer, Scott Miller, says the son acted in self defense after his father threatened him with a gun.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.