A rifle-wielding Clifton Park man shot by state police last month had two unregistered handguns in his possession, according to an indictment returned by a Saratoga County grand jury today.
Douglas D. Stewart III, 43, was indicted on the felony charge of menacing a police officer, a charge that carries a prison term of up to seven years. He was also indicted on a pair of misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the Aug. 6 incident.
Police were called to Stewart’s Cardinal Court home after Stewart’s wife expressed concern that he might harm himself. Upon arrival, investigators said they confronted the distraught man and that he waved a loaded 30-caliber lever-action rifle in their direction.
Troopers shot Stewart at least once as he stood on a pathway by the side of his residence. Stewart fired a shot from his rifle, but state police investigators later acknowledged he may have fired the weapon after being struck by the trooper’s round.
State police later found two handguns possessed by Stewart, who didn’t have a permit to own a pistol. Stewart posted $50,000 bond after his arraignment last month and was released to the care of Saratoga Hospital for treatment.
Stewart’s attorney claims he never brandished the rifle at the troopers and that they fired on him in short order. He claims they shot him in the back.
Stewart awaits arraignment on the new charges.