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Authorities: Man pointed gun at officer investigating shots fired call in Schenectady

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SCHENECTADY – A city man pointed a gun at an officer investigating a shots fired call Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The man gave up his weapon before the officer could fully draw his own gun, a prosecutor said.

No injuries were reported in either the shots fired call or incident involving the officer, officials said.

Marchane Turner, 33, listed as homeless, was charged with multiple felonies in the incident, including menacing a police officer and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Turner is accused of first firing four shots from a .380 caliber handgun randomly while walking down the street in the area of State Street and Snowden Avenue just after 3 p.m. Saturday, according to police allegations filed in court.

He allegedly did so in the vicinity of other pedestrians, according to the allegations.

Evidence against Turner includes video evidence, according to the allegations.

Officers responding to the shots fired call then encountered Turner on Robinson Street, according to prosecutor Amy Burock, of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, citing information from the officers.

Turner then pointed the .380 caliber handgun at the officer, identified as Officer Michael Gallagher, according to the allegations.

The officer reported by pulling his own gun from his holster, but that that Turner immediately threw his gun to the ground as the officer pulled his own weapon and officers then took Turner into custody, Burock said.

Turner was also charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned and ordered held. He was also being held on parole issues, officials said.

State records indicate Turner remains under supervision related to a 2015 Schenectady County robbery conviction where he was sentenced to three to six years in prison.

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