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Man Apprehended in Kent After Brief Pursuit

An upstate man led a brief manhunt in the Town of Kent earlier this month after burglarizing a home in East Fishkill and fleeing the scene.

At about 12:15 p.m. Sept. 1, members of the East Fishkill Police Department responded to a residence on Hortontown Road for a burglary in progress. The suspect ran after being confronted inside the residence, and once outside was able to make entry into an unmarked police vehicle. He drove directly at the officers, at which time one officer discharged an ineffective round toward the vehicle.

The suspect fled the scene, traveling south on the Taconic State Parkway before crashing near State Route 301 in Kent and running away on foot.

Multiple agencies converged on the area to assist with a coordinated search for the suspect, who was located and taken into custody. Responding were the Town of Kent Police Department, Town of Carmel Police Department K9 Unit, New York State Police Troop K, NYS Park Police, Putnam and Dutchess County sheriff’s offices, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police and Department of Environment Conservation Forest Rangers.

Joseph Gourd, 41, of Oneonta, was charged with first-degree attempted murder of a police officer, a class A-I felony; second-degree burglary, a class C felony; first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree grand larceny, both class D felonies; and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony.

He was arraigned in East Fishkill Town Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail with a future court date.


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