Man faces 19 charges after he allegedly fired pellet gun at neighbor's yard
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – Rensselaer City Police said they have arrested a man on 19 charges after a reported disturbance between neighbors.
According to the Rensselaer Police Department, officers responded to a Third Street home around 8:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a male shooting a pellet gun at neighbors.
Upon further investigation, officers determined that Christopher Killhullen, 35, was allegedly involved in a physical confrontation with a neighbor. After the incident, Killhullen is accused of firing pellets at the neighbor from his back yard.
Police said that Killhullen was firing over a yard that contained several adults and children.
A witness to the incident said Killhullen was drinking with neighbors when a fight began after Killhullen’s dog bit another dog. The witness said Kilhullen ended up with a black eye and swore revenge. That’s when he shot the pellets, according to the witness.
Police arrested Killhullen on Saturday after a search warrant was executed at his home. He had to be removed by a SWAT team.
Police said Killhullen is a convicted felon but is allowed to own a pellet gun. Firing the gun, however, is illegal.
Police said Killhullen has a previous felony conviction for robbery that also involved a weapon. He was also out on bail in an unrelated incident from summer 2013 when a Rensselaer police officer claims Killhullen refused to lower a pellet pistol.
His attorney Terry Kindlon said they are working on having the charges involving the police officer dropped.
Killhullen was charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third, one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth, seven counts of reckless endangerment in the second, seven counts of menacing in the second, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Killhullen was arraigned and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.
Police said a female, who also resides at the same address, was not charged at the time of the incident. The investigation is still continuing and more charges are expected.