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Mayor: Binghamton man charged with attempted murder after altercation with police officer

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton Mayor Rich David said a Binghamton man was charged with attempted-murder in the first degree after an altercation with police officers. David identified the suspect as 28-year-old Macoley F. Saunders of Abbot Street during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

According to the mayor, Saunders has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted murder in the 1st degree, a class A felony
  • Criminal use of a firearm in the 1st degree, a class B felony
  • Criminal possession of a firearm in the 2nd degree, a class C felony
  • Attempted criminal possession of a firearm in the 2nd degree, a class D felony
  • Criminal possession of a firearm in the 3rd degree, a class D felony
  • Assault in the 2nd degree (against a police officer), a class D felony
  • Resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor

Additionally, Mayor David said Saunders had two active arrest warrants for two assault charges: Strangulation (criminal obstruction of breathing) and grand larceny. Both charged stemmed from a domestic incident that occurred on July 10 in Binghamton.

On Sept 11., authorities spotted Saunders riding on the back of a motorcycle on Main Street in Johnson City. He led police on a pursuit on Route 17 going the wrong way in an attempt to evade police, Mayor David said.

Eventually, Saunders got off the motorcycle on Allen Street in Johnson City and lead police on a foot chase. A Binghamton K9 was able to take him down.

A struggled ensued, and Saunders was able to fire one shot toward police officers before being disarmed.

Authorities say Saunders tried to rearm himself by trying to retrieve his gun, an officers gun' and a knife hidden in his pants.

Saunders was taken to hospital for injuries. There, he made threats to police officers in the hospital. The mayor reports Saunders said he "should of shot [police]."

Saunders is currently being held in the Broome County Jail.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more updates,


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