Hudson Valley man and police exchange fire; dog killed

On Friday, Nov. 15 the New York State Police and the Red Hook Police Department arrested Keith M. Potik, 26, of Wappinger, for two counts of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Shortly after 1 p.m., two officers from the Red Hook Police Department responded to the area of Princeton Street and Columbia Avenue for a property dispute. According to police, while officers were speaking with Potik, he produced a handgun and fired multiple shots at the officers, who returned fire in response. During the exchange of gunfire Potik’s dog was killed, however Potik and the officers were not injured. Potik then fled on foot.

Multiple police agencies responded including the State Police, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Forest Rangers, and additional Red Hook Police Department members. Potik was apprehended by police while running through the yard of a home on Albie Road.


Potik was arraigned before the town of Rhinebeck Court, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail. Potik is next scheduled reappear before court on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m.


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