Wednesday, June 5 at 1:30 in the afternoon, Saugerties Police responded to a 911 call reporting a dispute between an Ulster County Highway Department work crew conducting paving in Old Kings Highway, and a motorist who reportedly brandished a handgun during the dispute.
It was reported that a verbal dispute occurred between the two parties, and police said the motorist later identified as 27-year-old Wyatt Earp Cooper, of Catskill, displayed a handgun during the dispute. Cooper reportedly then fled the scene in a red pickup truck, continuing north on Old Kings Highway. Area police departments were notified to be on the look out for an older model red Ford F-250, single cab pick-up truck, that was being operated by a white male with facial hair and a ball cap.
Yesterday, an Ulster County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a pickup truck on West O’Reilly Street in the City of Kingston, matching the description of the vehicle and operator. Saugerties Police Detectives responded and interviewed Cooper, subsequently charging Cooper with second-degree menacing with a handgun.