Hudson man shoots himself, Arrested on felony charges

From Hudson Police:

Press Release

Felony Arrest – Weapon Charge

On March 10, 2017, the Hudson City Police Department arrested 27 year old, Vincent V. Velasquez of Hudson, New York for Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a class E felony.

On March 7, 2017 at 8:40am, The Hudson City Police Department received a call from the Columbia Memorial Hospital(CMH) of a male in the Emergency Room (E.R.) with a gunshot wound to his arm. Hudson Police and Detectives responded to the Hospital. V. Velasquez told Police he accidently shot himself in the arm with a .22 long gun. His injuries were not life threatening. The Hudson Police Department began a criminal investigation.

Columbia County Judge, Judge Koweek, signed a Search Warrant for the defendant’s residence on Spring Street. The defendant was found to be illegally in possession of a .32 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Also recovered was a quantity of various drugs, including crack-cocaine. Charges related to the drug possession are pending. A .22 rifle and two replica handguns were also seized. Detectives are still examining the circumstances of the shooting and the origin of the revolver.

On March 10, 2017, after his release from the hospital, Velasquez was arraigned in the Hudson City Criminal Court before Judge Herman who released him on his own recognizance. Velasquez is due back in City Court on March 16, 2017 at 08:30am.

The Hudson City Police Department has confiscated five (5) handguns in the last three months from suspects who possessed them illegally.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted with this criminal investigation.

“Our recent arrests have involved pistols, money, drugs, long weapons, look-alike weapons all coming together. The potential for violence stemming these situations is great. The Department will remain very proactive when it comes to investigating these matters.” Chief Moore

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