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Man found dead in Putnam County house that contained an arsenal

MAHOPAC – Police are investigating the death of a man who was found in his home with a shotgun wound to his chest.

The victim’s wife came home from a social event at 11:35 p.m. on Tuesday and found her husband, Jonathan Orser, 41, dead. So far the investigation, with assistance from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit, does not appear to be suspicious, but a final determination has not been made, the chief said.

Carmel Police Michael Johnson said during the investigation, it was determined that Orser was a gun aficionado and may have automatic weapons and explosives in the house.

His wife allowed the police to investigate further and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as well as the Westchester County Bomb Squad Special Operations Division responded to the scene at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The units removed blasting caps, low explosive powders, hand grenades, a large amount of ammunition, and a large cache of automatic weapons.

A further examination revealed military ordinance stored in the basement. The military 725 Explosive Orindance Disposal Unit based at Fort Drum was called in and arrived at 5 a.m. Friday to complete the removal of the military ordinance was transported to West Point for disposal.

Residents in the immediate area were evacuated while the operations were conducted and East Lake Boulevard in the vicinity was closed to traffic.