Watervliet gun possession arrests follow hours-long standoff

Watervliet gun possession arrests after stand-off

Three men are facing gun possession charges after a standoff in Watervliet Tuesday. Police also showed us the "ghost gun" that was used in gunfire in the city.

Three men were arraigned in Watervliet City Court on gun possession charges connected to a standoff in the city Tuesday.

A “ghost gun” was used in the shots fired on 23rd Street in Watervliet, police said. Police found it with an extended 30-round magazine, they said. It’s called a ghost gun because it’s been reassembled to make it untraceable.

The gunfire investigation led police to a home on 7th Avenue, where there was a standoff that lasted more than three hours Tuesday.

Three men in the car where the gun was found have been arrested. All three are facing a charge of criminal possession of a weapon: Angadi Jones, 19, of Colonie, Kyle Fowlkes, 19, of Colonie, and Kasiyan Paynes, 18, of Watervliet.

Paynes admitted to firing the gun at someone, according to police. He is also charged with reckless endangerment.

“Today the three offenders were arraigned in Watervliet City Court,” said Watervliet Police Chief Joseph Centanni. “They were all remanded, but your viewers should not get that excited because we fully anticipate that all three of them are going to be released within the next 72 hours.”

The standoff ended with no injuries. It was a tense situation that first involved gunfire, then a weapon and many suspects in a very residential neighborhood.

“This was the Triple Crown, so to speak,” said Centanni. “We have that firearm. We have the shooting. Thankfully, no one was injured. And then ultimately we have a location that has to be searched through the two tactical teams. Again, very high stakes, very dangerous work.”

The three men were taken to jail. They’ll have bail hearings soon. However, there is much more to come on this, said police, and this case is far from over.