New Year's Eve is normally an incredibly active night for law enforcement as citizens across the country are busy partying the night away while welcoming in the New Year. Well over the holiday weekend, two local police officers were tasked with tending to a New Year's Eve call, however, this one came in well before the festivities began.

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New Year's Eve Domestic Dispute in Poughkeepsie

The call came to the City of Poughkeepsie Police on Sunday morning December 31. According to the post on the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department's Facebook page, multiple units responded to a residence on N. Bridge Street. When officers arrived on the scene they found the individual at the center of the dispute.

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That individual was identified as 43-year-old, Shanteek Gaines, and officers on the scene attempted to take him into custody. That is when the situation escalated. According to the post, when officers attempted to take Gaines in on "domestic-related charges" he became violent and resisted arrest.


The post goes on to state that Gaines began "fighting and biting" by fighting and biting the officers. Around this time, additional officers arrived on the scene and with additional officers, they were able to successfully take Gaines into custody. During the altercation, two officers were injured and later required medical treatment.

Officer Injuries and Charges Against the Accused

Following the violent incident, the injured officers were taken to get medical treatment. One of the officers is believed to have suffered a broken hand in the scrum while the other officer reportedly was given a tetanus shot after being bitten by the suspect.

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Following the events of the incident, Shanteek Gaines is now facing numerous charges against him. These charges would include Felony Assault in the 2nd Degree as well as misdemeanor charges for Harassment, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Resisting Arrest, all in the 1st degree.

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Gaines was processed and the latest update was that he is currently being held for his pending arraignment.

13 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- January 2024

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 1/01/2024:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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