Batavia man charged with criminal possession of a weapon after report of shots fired on Ellicott Street
UPDATED at 3:43 p.m. with a quote from the police chief.
Batavia police officers have arrested a suspect in a shots-fired incident reported in the area of 200 Ellicott St. on Friday evening.
Tarrence Y. Williams, 22, of Batavia, has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon 2nd, a Class C felony, and criminal possession of a weapon 4th, a Class A misdemeanor.
He was arraigned in City Court and jailed on $50,000 bail.
There has been no report of anybody injured as a result of gunshots in the area.
Chief Shawn Heubusch praised the actions of his officers.
"Officers responded quickly to this incident and were able to almost immediately identify a suspect," Heubusch said. "Working in conjunction with our partner agencies, the officers were able to bring a swift resolution to this incident and keep our community safe. They are commended for their brave actions in the face of what was a very dangerous situation."
The incident began with a report of gunshots at about 6 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing a male walking nervously with what appeared to be a gun on his person.
A man matching the description provided was spotted by Sgt. Dan Coffey walking on the Ellicott Trail a short distance from the incident location. When Coffey attempted to stop the individual for an interview, the man fled on foot and Coffey chased him from Evans Street to Court Street.
In the Court Street parking lot, the man discarded identifiable clothing and officers believed he discarded a firearm in the area.
Additional officers responded, including deputies and a trooper.
Williams was located and taken into custody and then officers, with the assistance of Batavia firefighters, searched the area, including the roofs of nearby buildings.
A short time later, a weapon was located under a bush next to the walkway between the Key Bank drive-thru ATM and the M&T Bank branch.
Williams recently entered a guilty plea in County Court to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd -- a charge that indicates prosecutors believe he possessed enough of a controlled substance that he intended to sell it. He is awaiting sentencing on that conviction.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ivison at (585) 345-6312 or email [email protected]
Top photo by Howard Owens.