New filing offers new insight into Saratoga Springs shootout

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FIRST ON 13: Prosecutors filed their response Wednesday to a motion to dismiss the charges against Vito Caselnova, the off-duty Rutland County sheriff’s deputy from Glens Falls.

Caselnova is charged with attempted murder in the November 19 gunfight on Broadway. His attorneys have argued Caselnova was the victim of a gang assault at the hands of three men from Utica.

Caselnova’s attorney accused the district attorney of unfairly targeting his client, saying the three men from Utica were the initial aggressors. However, in a 53-page filing obtained by NewsChannel 13, First Assistant District Attorney Al Poremba spelled out why Caselnova carries the most blame for the events that early morning.

Poremba wrote that Caselnova and his girlfriend, Cali Brown, had a brief physical altercation with the Utica men, and it was seemingly over when Caselnova pulled his loaded 9 mm gun and pointed it at them.

The prosecutor’s filing said video shows Caselnova was clearly the aggressor, shouting at one point, “I’ll put five against one motherf——. I’ll fight you all, baby.”

Prosecutors also told the court that Caselnova fired 12 of the 13 rounds in his gun.

The three men from Utica, including alleged shooter, Alex Colon who fired three shots, are charged with attempted assault.