Days Inn shooter had previous charges


A Batavia man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for shooting another man during a gun deal gone bad, city police said.

Jacob J. Sponaugle, 21, was taken into custody at 2:15 a.m. outside a house on Montclair Avenue.

Sponaugle was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree criminal use of a firearm and aggravated criminal possession of a weapon.

He was committed to Genesee County Jail pending arraignment.

The arrest came after an intense overnight investigation that began when the victim walked into Days Inn at 200 Oak St. about 9:30 p.m. The desk clerk called police, who found a man with an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

Police said the victim was “awake and alert” and was treated by responding officers until city of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics arrived.

The victim was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

City police, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies, state police, a state DEC K-9 unit and members of the Drug Task Force scoured the area, interviewed witnesses and obtained surveillance footage to identify Sponaugle.

Police said Sponaugle and the victim knew each other and was in the area of the Days Inn to sell a gun.

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