Gun charge lodged against Peace Officer
A Victor man who has been calling himself a peace officer of the SPCA in Livingston County has been arrested for third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.
Dylan M. Chase, 43, was arrested Aug. 27 by Avon Village Police.
During the past few months Avon Police, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police have received questions from citizens concerned about Chase and his position as “Livingston County SPCA” officer, according to a release from Avon Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr.
The three police agencies and the Livingston County District Attorney’s office collaborated on an investigation into Chase
Police said they became concerned when Chase appeared at the village’s annual Corn Festival on Aug. 10 wearing a uniform and armed with a hand gunand night stick.
During an interview with Avon police officers, Chase said that he did not have a pistol permit and that he had not received any certified firearms or deadly physical force training from the state Division of Criminal Justice Service, police said.
An investigation revealed that Chase had filed paperwork to incorporate as an SPCA organization and to become a peace officer in New York. Further investigation, police said, revealed that chase had been convicted of a non-violent felony in 2002. Any felony conviction precludes him from possessing a firearm or becoming a peace officer in New York, police said.
Chase voluntarily surrendered his pistol and night stick to Avon Police and was arraigned in Avon Village Court. He plead not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. Chase is scheduled to return to court Sept. 9.