Suspect that prompted Fort Edward lockdown tells his side

October 05, 2017 05:32 PM

FORT EDWARD - His actions led to the lockdown of a school, village and town complex this week in Fort Edward. Now, the man wanted by police is sharing his side of the story, only with NewsChannel 13.

Devin Pratt, 48, reached out because he wanted to tell his side of the story.

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The saga has been playing out in the community since Tuesday. Later this week, Police Chief Justin Derway says he expects Pratt to show up and turn himself in.

This all started with a dog attack and an altercation with the police. It also involved the possession of an AK-15 rifle that may or may not have been legal.

According to the Fort Edward police chief, it will result in felony weapons charges against Pratt.

In an email to NewsChannel 13, Pratt explained he was out walking his dog, when two pitbulls attacked and injured his dog. Pratt says he called 911 twice. He says he took his dog to the vet and when he got home, one of the pitbulls approached him again. So he went inside his house to get a gun, an AK-15 rifle.

Derway showed up and ordered Pratt to drop the gun – which he did.

Pratt insists the gun is perfectly legal, but for some reason, he took off and police have been looking for him since.

"His response to the dispatcher was that he had the dog at gunpoint and on my arrival, I observed him standing at the edge of the street with what appeared to be an assault rifle. After some instruction, he did put the weapon down and we were able to secure it, but that's how the situation evolved," explained Derway.

The police chief also says multiple people witnessed Pratt as he was agitated and not wanting to take any chances in a neighborhood with many schoolchildren, he ordered a lockdown on the school.

The police chief says the weapon was illegal. Weapons charges are awaiting Pratt. More charges are possible.


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