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City of Newburgh Man with Semi-Automatic Gun, High-Capacity Magazine Heading to Prison

A City of Newburgh man is heading to the state penitentiary for possessing a loaded semi-automatic gun with a laser sight and a high-capacity magazine after fleeing from police during a shooting investigation. The perpetrator was sentenced in court yesterday.

On February 11, 2022, the City of Newburgh Police Department and New York State Police were on patrol near Renwick Street and South Clark Street when alert officers noticed a man wanted for questioning. The man was a suspect in a February 6, 2022 shooting that occurred on Mill Street.

City of Newburgh Police Officer Kevin Jodice and his Trooper partner attempted to stop the suspect, but he fled and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect ran inside of a residence on Benkard Avenue. Officers in hot pursuit entered the residence and located the suspect inside of a rear bedroom. The suspect then struggled with police.

The suspect was taken into custody and identified as James D. Boursiquot, age 25 of the City of Newburgh. He was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun loaded with a high capacity magazine and a laser attachment.

The incident stemmed from a February 6, 2022 report of shots fired on Mill Street. Officers arrived and found no suspects on the scene, but recovered spent shell casings. Officers reviewed camera footage that reportedly showed Boursiquot holding a gun with a blue laser sight.

“This case is yet another example of the dangerous possession and use of unlicensed firearms,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “My Office will continue to hold accountable those individuals who illegally possess guns and who choose to use those guns in reckless and dangerous ways.  I commend the dedicated work done by City of Newburgh Police officers in order to secure this firearm and ensure that this defendant is unable to harm others.”

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