ELLINGTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 30-year-old Ellington man is facing multiple charges after a domestic dispute resulted in the seizure of multiple unregistered firearms, according to New York State Police.

State Troopers out of Jamestown say they responded to the scene of a domestic dispute on Waterman Road where, they say, a verbal argument had escalated to a physical domestic involving Major Stearns and a victim.

According to Troopers, Stearns choked the victim and menaced them with a pistol. Stearns was arrested and transported to SP Fredonia for processing.

The pistol was located after a search warrant was issued. An additional TERPO warrant was issued, which resulted in the seizure of multiple unregistered firearms and high-capacity magazines.

Stearns faces the following charges:

  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree
  • 10 counts of criminal possession of a weapon
  • menacing in the second degree
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Criminal obstruction breathing

Stearns was committed to Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment.

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