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Cohoes mayor: I feared for my life

December 18, 2018 09:47 AM

COHOES - When an 18-year old man showed up at Shawn Morse's front door Saturday afternoon, demanding that he be let inside to collect personal belongings, the Cohoes mayor knew right away that's the worst thing he could have done.

"He said, 'Either let me in the house or you'll have to remember me,'" Morse stated. "'I'm gonna kill ya. You don't mess with us. You know who you're talking to?'"

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Morse knew that the man on his porch is the same man who dated his daughter and who broke his daughter's collarbone while beating her.

"He took about five or six swings at me and I ran into my house and called the police," Morse said.

WEB EXTRA (not seen on TV): Full interview with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse

Morse denies reports in the Times Union that he grabbed the young man by the throat and choked him. He says however it is the same young man who was providing opioids to his wife, who became addicted to them.

"Opioids have destroyed my family," Morse stated. "They make people say things and do things to protect their sanctuary. I'm heartbroken."

Heartbroken, because opioids have ended his marriage and separated him from his children.

"This is the stuff I've been dealing with for a year," he continued. "I'm trying to save my family from a disease that has killed more people now than every disease known to mankind."

Deep down, Morse says his life will never be the same, though he's also never going to stop trying to make it better.

"I dream about how this story is going to end every day," Morse said. "Whether it comes to that, I don't know, but my dream is that the people I love the most get the help they need the most and that this house that was once full of love and prosperity goes back to where we started and I don't know if that ever happens."

NewsChannel 13 reached out to the 18-year-old seeking comment. By airtime Monday night, we hadn't heard back from him.

No charges have been filed in the case.

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Dan Levy

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