NEWBURGH – A city resident discharged a legally possessed firearm during a domestic dispute on Thanksgiving night and he has been charged as a result of the incident.
City of Newburgh Police Chief Anthony Geraci said officers responded to the area of 41 Thompson Street for a ShotSpotter activation on November 25 at approximately 9:32. The officers located a .40 caliber shell casing on the rear steps of the residence and began canvassing the area for additional evidence. As they were investigating, the resident of the address, Jonathan Nelson, opened the door and after a brief conversation, told officers that he had discharged the weapon in the backyard during a verbal dispute.
The 58-year-old Nelson has a valid Orange County pistol permit but because the firearm was discharged in a densely populated residential area endangering the welfare of the public, he was charged with misdemeanor prohibited use of a weapon and a City of Newburgh code violation that prohibits the use and discharge of a firearm.
Officers recovered the stainless-steel AMT Backup .40 Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol that was used during this incident. Additionally, several boxes of .40 caliber ammunition, a JC Higgins 12-gauge Model 583.20 gauge bolt action shotgun, and a Winchester Model 140 12-gauge shotgun were also seized for safekeeping.