DUNKIRK - A 24-year-old Ruggles Street man has been charged in connection to a shooting incident that took place outside a residence at the corner of Ruggles Street and East Talcott Street in the city on Memorial Day.
According to the Dunkirk Police Department, Justin C. Matteson was apprehended after allegedly trying to shoot another individual during an argument. The individual was not struck by the bullet and no one was injured.
Around 9:50 p.m., Dunkirk Police received a call about a man with a gun at 92 Ruggles St. While heading to that location, authorities received updated information that the suspect with the gun was reportedly Matteson and that he had pointed the gun at another person, made threats and then fired the weapon before fleeing on foot.
Justin C. Matteson
Upon arrival, officers learned Matteson had allegedly been in an argument with another man at the residence and that outside of the residence, Matteson allegedly pulled a large revolver out, pointed it at the other man and fired one round.
A clothing description and direction of travel was obtained and officers set up a perimeter around the area and began searching for Matteson. Officers reportedly located him in a backyard at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Talcott Street. Further investigation and a search of that area led to the recovery of the firearm, described as a loaded .357 Magnum revolver.
Matteson was taken to police headquarters and locked up on the charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (Class C felony), first-degree reckless endangerment (Class D felony), second-degree menacing (Class A misdemeanor) and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
He was held without bail until his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court in front of Judge Walter Drag. He was then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond.