GREENE – A gun store owner who was recently arrested for aiming an assault rifle at his brother during a verbal dispute has begun filing a civil suit against the Village of Greene, singling out the local police chief in the complaint.
On Aug. 6, 49-year-old Wayne Cook Jr. was arrested on menacing charges in Greene over an incident that allegedly took place three weeks earlier.
Greene Police Chief Steven Dutcher, who is personally named in the notice of claim, said his department arrested Cook at his Water Street address after they received a complaint that he had pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at another person during a verbal dispute on his back porch.
Dutcher did not identify the victim in the case, saying only that he had a prior personal relationship with the defendant. Court documentation filed with the Supreme Court of Chenango County identifies the victim as the defendant’s brother.
Dutcher said Cook’s residence is also his place of business, Cook and Sons Fine Guns. Following the arrest, police obtained a search warrant and seized 47 long guns, including the suspect AK-47.