Police: Man helped Schenectady shooting suspect; Incident led to Union Street standoff

He faces a felony evidence tampering count
Police officers take up positions outside the Union Street residence July 1
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Police officers take up positions outside the Union Street residence July 1

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SCHENECTADY – A city man has been arrested, accused of driving the suspect in a July 1 shooting from the Vale neighborhood scene, along with the suspect’s gun, authorities said.

The suspect accused in the shooting itself, soon holed up inside a Union Street apartment building, leading to an hours-long standoff before police went in and arrested him.

Michael Adams, 41, of Watt Street, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count each of tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor.

The charge centers around allegations that Christian R. Fernandez, 22, of Fourth Avenue, opened fire in the direction of two people near the corner of Catherine Street and Victory Avenue shortly before 11:30 a.m. that day, according to police allegations filed in court.

Adams is accused then driving Fernandez, who was still in possession of the gun used in the crime, away from the scene, according to the allegations.

Police based the allegations on witness statements and both street surveillance video and private surveillance video, among other evidence, according to the allegations.

Adams was arraigned and ordered held.

At the time of the shooting, officers in the area heard the shots and quickly confirmed that shots had been fired, police have said. Leads sent officers to 1330 Union St. with information that the shooting suspect, Fernandez, may be in or around there.

Police then closed a section of Union near the apartment building and attempted to get the suspect to come out. The stretch of road was shut down for much of the afternoon.

The department’s Special Operations Squad went in and took Fernandez into custody at 1330 Union St. just before 3 p.m. after trying to get him to come out on his own.

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