Two charged in separate gun incidents
Both felons, investigation looking how both had rifles
GLOVERSVILLE — Two city residents are facing charges following separate alleged incidents involving the possession of firearms.
Mary Jo Donofrio, 52, of 6 Montgomery St. Apartment 2, was charged with a violation of state parole by city police on Thursday at 9 p.m. and additional charges are expected to be filed after she reportedly waved a rifle on the street in front of her residence according to a police press release.
City patrol officers were dispatched to Donofrio’s address after a woman was reportedly seen waving a rifle on the street. When police arrived, they were advised that she had retreated into her residence.
Members of the Gloversville Police Department set up a perimeter around the home with assistance from the Johnstown Police Department, and the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team was summoned to the scene.
As additional resources arrived, the suspect, determined to be Donofrio, presented herself on the porch of the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.
The rifle, a 30.06 caliber semi-automatic, allegedly used in the initial complaint, was recovered at the scene. After she was detained, police learned that Donofrio was on state parole. The New York State Division of Parole was contacted and a warrant was issued for Donofrio’s arrest.
Donofrio was transported to the Fulton County Jail on the arrest warrant and additional charges are expected to be filed related to Donofrio’s possession of the rifle as a convicted felon.
Lt. Brad Schaffer said on Monday that Donofrio’s intention during the incident is currently unclear and police have received several different witness accounts.
“I can’t speak as to what her motivation was,” Schaffer said. “We’re discussing future criminal charges with the [Fulton County] District Attorney’s Office, as well as presenting the case to a grand jury.”
In other news, Jason S. Horning, 34, of Gloversville, was taken into custody on two separate bench warrants and charged with a felony for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon by city police on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
City police were dispatched to the area of Wells and Washington streets to the report of a male armed with a rifle. Officers were provided a description of the vehicle the man was observed in and responding officers located the vehicle and the suspect, Horning, as described at the scene.
Officers detained Horning and found him to be in possession of a .308 caliber rifle. Police interviewed a witness who stated that Horning had been involved in a dispute with a female victim and had allegedly pointed the seized rifle at the victim during the incident.
Horning was charged with the felony due to his possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a crime and having used a firearm in the commission of an additional crime, Schaffer said.
According to Schaffer, the incident occurred out on the street and the victim was known to Horning. He referred to the woman as an “associate” of Horning’s, but declined to comment further citing upcoming court proceedings scheduled for Friday.
Schaffer said Horning was additionally found to have two outstanding warrants. One was issued out of City Court related to vehicle and traffic infractions and another issued out of Johnstown.
Horning was transported to the station where he was processed and held for arraignment.
Schaffer said the two incidents are completely unrelated and police are currently investigating how Donofrio and Horning came to be in possession of the firearms in conjunction with state police and the state Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He said that neither weapon had been reported stolen.