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Charges filed in Schenectady shooting that led to the Union Street standoff

Charges filed in Schenectady shooting that led to the Union Street standoff

Police charged him Monday
Charges filed in Schenectady shooting that led to the Union Street standoff
The city police Special Operations Squad takes Fernandez into custody July 1
Photographer: Peter Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- The man arrested after last week’s standoff that shut down part of Union Street has now been charged with the shooting that led to the standoff, authorities said.

Christian R. Fernandez, 22, of Fourth Avenue, now faces second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first degree reckless endangerment counts, felonies.

Police arrested him on the charges Tuesday. He had initially only been charged after the July 1 standoff related to a prior warrant.

Fernandez is now accused of firing a handgun “numerous times in the direction of two people” shortly before 11:30 a.m. that day in the area of Catherine Street and Victory Avenue in the city’s Vale neighborhood, according to police allegations filed in court.

Police based the charges on witness statements, surveillance video and other information.

Police converged on the 1330 Union St.  standoff location shortly after an 11:30 a.m. shots fired call.

PhotosImages from the July 1 incident on Union Street in Schenectady

Officers in the area heard the shots and quickly confirmed that shots had been fired, police said said. Leads sent officers to 1330 Union St. with information that the suspect 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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