COLONIE, N.Y. – Members of the New York State Police Gun Investigation Unit arrested a husband and wife from Colonie on Tuesday for illegally purchasing a weapon while they left a child in the vehicle unattended.
State Police with the assistance of the Colonie Police Department, arrested 45-year-old Eric Coleman and 35-year-old Dawn Coleman, both of Colonie, after an investigation indicated the couple allegedly tried to make an illegal purchase of a Windham Weaponry .223/5.56mm model WW-15 semi-automatic rifle from B&J's Gun Shop on Central Avenue in Colonie.
On Tuesday, members of the NYSP-GIU conducted surveillance of the gun shop in anticipation of the couple returning to complete the purchase of the semi-automatic rifle. Once the couple arrived at the gun shop, they completed the necessary paperwork and also purchased ten boxes (200 rounds) of .223 caliber ammunition for the rifle.
Police say all paperwork for the transaction was completed by Dawn Coleman, but prior to exiting the store the weapon was taken into possession by Coleman who has a prior felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Weapon and therefore cannot legally possess any firearm, rifle or shotgun.
As the couple exited the store, they were taken into custody in the parking lot with the weapon and ammunition without incident by State Police.
Eric Coleman was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th and Criminal Purchase of a Weapon. Dawn Coleman was also charged with Criminal Purchase of a Weapon and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for leaving their 10-year-old daughter unattended in their vehicle in the parking lot of B&J's Gun Shop while they were inside conducting the transaction.
The semi-automatic rifle and ammunition were secured as evidence by police.