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Brief car chase preceded Schenectady shooting-related pursuit

Brief car chase preceded Schenectady shooting-related pursuit

Brief car chase preceded Schenectady shooting-related pursuit
Jamarl Townsend
Photographer: Schenectady Police Department

Thursday morning's foot pursuit began with a brief car chase in Hamilton Hill after a shooting, according to court documents.

Police spotted a car Duane Avenue connected to the suspect in a morning State Street shooting, just before 9:30 a.m. Police believed the car contained shooting suspect Dean Gilmore, whom police believe shot at his girlfriend hours before.

The driver refused to stop for police, letting one man off and then continuing on. The driver then fled the car himself, as the car continued moving, according to court documents.

[2 in custody, 3rd sought after Schenectady shooting, foot chase]

Police caught up with the alleged driver, Jamarl Townsend, 23, of Albany, a short time later in a Hamilton Hill back yard. He now faces a host of charges, including unlawfully fleeing police.

Gilmore remained at large today, police said. Police believe he fired a single shot at his girlfriend shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday at her 1318 State St. residence. There were no injuries.

A third person in the car then took control of it after police turned their attention to Townsend. That woman, Haley Baxter, 22, of 1318 State St., is accused of taking the vehicle and trying to hide it from police.

Baxter, arrested a short time later at her residence on an obstruction count, is the same woman Gilmore allegedly fired at in the morning shooting. Police have said they believe she joined him in the car voluntarily.

City police officer Albert Rivera is credited in paperwork as one of the officers who spotted the car. Officers tried to stop them, but Townsend allegedly sped off toward Steuben Street at about 45 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to papers.

The car continued onto Steuben, then west on Delamont and north on Craig Street. After turning onto Stanley Street, the car stopped, let out the man believed to be Gilmore, and then continued on Steuben and Emmett Street. While on Emmett, Townsend jumped out of the driver's side and ran off, while the car remained in drive, according to papers.

Officers chased after Townsend and arrested him soon after.

Townsend faces one count each of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, obstructing and resisting arrest, misdemeanors. He also faces multiple traffic citations.

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