Greene gun shop owner charged with aiming an assault rifle at an associate

GREENE – A Village of Greene gun shop owner was arrested Thursday and all his firearms seized after police charged him with aiming an assault rifle at an associate during an argument.

Greene Police Chief Steven Dutcher said his department arrested Wayne C. Cook Jr., 49, of 12 Water St., Thursday, after he allegedly pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at a man he was having a verbal dispute with from his back porch. Dutcher said Cook’s residence was also his place of business, Cook and Sons Fine Guns, and police seized 47 long guns, including the suspect AK-47.

He was charged with second degree menacing, arraigned in village court and then remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. On the same night of his arrest, Cook posted the amount and is currently out on bail.

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