Police: Two in Schenectady charged after fighting over rifle

Friday, February 21, 2014
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— Officers responding to another call this week spotted two men fighting in the street. They soon learned the two were fighting over an AR-15 rifle, authorities said.

Both men were arrested peacefully on felony weapons counts. There are no accusations that the AR-15 was used to threaten anyone on scene, prosecutor Peter Willis of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said.

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. Monday on Albany Street, according to papers filed in court. Accused of fighting over the weapon were Tommie S. Davis, 29, of Emmett Street, Schenectady, and Edward J. Dancz, 39, of Cypress Street, Mechanicville.

Both Davis and Dancz now face one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, accused of possessing a weapon after having been convicted of a crime.

Davis also faces a count of fourth-degree grand larceny, accused of taking the AR-15 from an Albany Street address just before the fight, according to papers.

Davis also faces one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. He is accused of possessing three ounces of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

The investigation remains ongoing and more charges could be filed, Willis said.

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