Assault weapon and large cache of ammunition seized from Fishkill man

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TOWN OF FISHKILL – A Fishkill man has been arrested by town police on felony weapons possession charges after they discovered illegally possessed weapons when they were serving an order of protection.

Police Lieutenant Paul Schettino said that officers were serving a temporary order of protection on 29-year-old David Messina on Friday after he was involved in a domestic incident earlier in the week.  Pursuant to the Dutchess County Family Court order, Messina, a Crosby Court resident was required to vacate the residence and surrender his weapons.

The officers that were serving the order, according to Schettino, found an assault rifle and 17 “high-capacity” loaded magazines for the weapon, that he did not legally possess.  He was also in possession of a tactical shotgun, several edged weapons, ballistic vests, a ballistic helmet, and a substantial amount of ammunition.

“The Fishkill Patrol Officers and Detectives have removed dangerous weapons and ammunition from the street and made the community safer,” said Schettino.  “Our officers and detectives did a great job.”

Messina was charged with the felonies of Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Assault Rifle and 17 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Ammo Clip.  He was arraigned in the Village of Wappingers Falls Justice Court on Friday and released to the Dutchess County Department of Probation for a future date in the Town of Fishkill Court.