Man released after shooting assailant in the face

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Police outside the S. Clinton Street entrance to 464 Main Street

POUGHKEEPSIE – A Saturday night shooting at 464 Main Street sent one man to the hospital and the alleged shooter was detained by police at the scene.  City of Poughkeepsie Police have issued an update saying that the self-proclaimed shooter is not facing charges for the shooting.

Detective Lieutenant Matt Clark says officers responded to 464 Main Street after a 911 report of a shooting.  First-arriving officers entered the hallway leading to the apartment and located the 46-year-old resident waiting for police with an unloaded handgun on a table.

In the apartment, officers located a 39-year-old City of Poughkeepsie resident lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the face, with an exit wound in his neck.

The wounded man was transported to MidHudson Regional Hospital and later transferred to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.  The wound was not considered life-threatening and the bullet only damaged soft tissue.

The 46-year-old man was brought to the police station for an interview. The man told police that he was sleeping in his apartment when he was awakened by the 39-year-old pointing a gun at his face stating that he wanted his money.

The older resident stated he was “scared to death” adding “and thought I was going to be shot.”  The man told police that he grabbed the gun from the victim and the weapon discharged during the struggle, leading to the alleged assailant being shot in the face.

The 46-year-old man was released that night from police custody without charges.

Detective Lieutenant Clark says that the victim signed himself out of Westchester Medical Center and his whereabouts are unknown.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the confidential TIP LINE at 845-451-7577.