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Auburn man faces multiple weapon, drug charges after fight, struggle over gun
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Auburn man faces multiple weapon, drug charges after fight, struggle over gun

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An Auburn man faces several weapon and drug charges stemming from a fight over a handgun last weekend, the Auburn Police Department said.

According to an APD news release issued Tuesday, officers responded to a call at 11:48 a.m. Sunday at 86 Wall St, Apt 1, for a report of two men fighting and struggling over a handgun.

Police said one man had already fled the scene by the time officers arrived while the second person remained and turned over a handgun over to police.

Auburn police said that Gabriel Charette, of 43 Frazee St, Lower Apt, went to 86 Wall St. to confront the victim about a prior matter and they began to argue. The two parties then engaged in a physical fight when Charette allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened the victim.

The victim and Charette then fought over control of the handgun, with the victim ultimately gaining control, police said. Charette then fled the scene.

At approximately 2 p.m. Sunday, Charette was located at his Frazee Street residence. He was detained and transported to Auburn police headquarters for further questioning.

With the assistance of the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, a search warrant was conducted at Charette's residence. During the search, multiple items were discovered, including multiple handgun magazines, ammunition, body armor, a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle, a large amount of drugs, drug related items, and evidence of drug sales, police said.

Police said they also learned that the handgun recovered at 86 Wall St. that was allegedly used by Charette was unregistered with no serial numbers.

In regard to the incident at 86 Wall St., Charette faces a pair of charges: second-degree possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and second degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

For the items discovered at 43 Frazee St., Charette is also facing charges of second degree possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; and two counts of second-degree use of drug paraphernalia.

As of early Tuesday evening, Charette was being held in Cayuga County Jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.

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