A Lehigh Valley man faces felony charges in a shooting during a training exercise last year that left the victim paralyzed from the neck down, police said.
The suspect, 29-year-old Cody J. Saylor, of Allentown, was a role-player during the weapons training session in September at Threat Assessment Tactical Solutions in Stroudsburg, according to police. He failed to swap out his live Glock 19 9mm handgun for a paintball gun being used in the exercise, and shot 46-year-old Darin J. McMahon in the neck, Stroud Area Regional police said in a news release Tuesday. Saylor was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on felony counts of aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, in addition to misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He was released on $75,000 unsecured bail and faces a preliminary hearing scheduled Feb. 10 before District Judge Kristina Anzini to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case toward trial in Monroe County Court. Saylor was working with Rockwell Training Group during the “force-on-force” weapons training session, according to police. That company is based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. [full article]