Schenectady man found guilty of gun possession during police chase

Schenectady man convicted on weapons possession charge

Schenectady man convicted on weapons possession charge in connection with an encounter with police.

A Schenectady man faces up to life in prison after being convicted on gun charges tied to a police chase last May.

Tyron Jackson, 36, was found guilty last Thursday of two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police tried to arrest Jackson on a warrant, last May, when officers saw him in the area of 655 Lansing St. in Schenectady.

He attempted to flee into a wooded area behind the building. Schenectady Police detectives attempted to cut off his escape. At that point, Jackson dropped to his knees, took out a semiautomatic gun from his waistband before turning to run back into the building, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said.

Jackson dropped the weapon, and police found him before he left the wooded area and arrested him.

The steep potential sentences are due to his status as a persistent felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled for May 15.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney praised officers for the way they handled this situation.

“I commend the Schenectady police for the initiative they took in following this lead, the planning they took to deploy their forces, the admirable restraint they used in not shooting at him when he first pulled out his gun, and the outcome they achieved in safely apprehending a dangerous career criminal and taking an illegal gun off our streets,” Carney said in a statement.