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Weapons, drugs seized after fight, struggle over handgun on Wall St. in Auburn

Police say that on May 30 around 11:48 a.m. officers were dispatched to 86 Wall St. for the report of two males inside of a residence physically fighting.

The initial call indicated that the two were struggling over a handgun. Upon officer arrival- one male had already fled the scene while the second male remained on-scene to describe what happened- and to turn over the handgun to police.

Police say Gabriel Charette, 26, of Auburn went to 86 Wall St. to confront the victim about a prior matter. They began arguing- and engaged in a physical fight- during which Charette pulled out a handgun and threatened the victim.

The two then fought over control of the handgun, with the victim ultimately gaining control of it. That’s when Charette fled the scene prior to police arrival, according to a news release.


Two hours later Charette was located at his residence and detained for further questioning.

With assistance of the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, a search warrant was conducted at 43 Frazee St., during which multiple items were discovered- including handgun magazines, ammunition, body armor, a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle, large amounts of drugs, drug related items, and evidence of drug sales.

It was learned that the handgun recovered during the initial incident on Wall St. had been used by Charette, was unregistered, and considered a ‘ghost gun’ due to it not having any serial numbers.

Police say Charette was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, and faces even more serious drug-related charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance as Class A and Class B felonies, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Additional court action is expected in the coming days.



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