GROTON, N.Y.—Police in Groton have released information about a domestic dispute that took place on Saturday, Sept. 18, and ended in weapons and assault charges.

Police responded to a location in Groton for a “report of a domestic dispute with shots fired.” Two neighbors had subdued and detained the gunman in an upstairs bedroom by the time police had arrived at the house, according to law enforcement’s narrative, and he was taken into custody. Police identified the suspect as Dustin A. Blake-Vasquez, 30 years old, of Groton.

According to police, the two neighbors were returning home when they heard someone screaming for help. They then entered the nearby home where they assisted the victim, a woman. Blake-Vasquez fired one shot from a shotgun down the stairs at the neighbors and victim. The neighbors then fought with Blake-Vasquez and were able to detain him until police arrived.

Blake-Vasquez has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing and second-degree harassment. The first two charges are felonies.

Blake-Vasquez was arraigned virtually and remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail. He is appearing in the Town of Groton Court again on Monday, Sept. 20.

Matt Butler

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