CRIMINAL POSSESSION WEAPON - MASSENA - Village police charged John W. Holmes, 23, of 10 West Ave., Massena, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at his residence. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Holmes was reportedly in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver with a brown wooden grip and a Titan Tiger .38 Special revolver with a brown wooden handle as well as a switchblade knife. He is not allowed to possess the weapons due to a prior criminal conviction, police said.
Holmes was convicted of fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana in October 2009 in Tupper Lake Village Court.
Village police responded to 10 West Ave. at approximately 6:50 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a possible suicidal subject, who had reportedly
contacted another person by phone and indicated he had just shot his roommate and was threatening to harm himself. That person shared the information with village police.
Police said they were able to initiate phone contact with Holmes, and he exited the residence a short time later and was taken into custody. They said when they did a protective sweep of the residence they located a black revolver inside a brown holster on top of a nightstand next to a bed.
Daniel B. Beaudoin, 28, told village police he had been living at 10 West Ave. with Holmes, whom he referred to as his buddy, for approximately the past month. He told police the police he and Holmes had been drinking Wednesday evening. John was extremely intoxicated and looking for a fight. He just wanted to start something. He was so drunk he wasnt even making sense, Mr. Beaudoin noted in a statement he provided police.
My brother and him got into a small argument. At this time, John went up to his bedroom and got his six-shot .38 Special ... John unholstered the gun and held it at his side. John kept saying, Get out of my house, get out of my house. At no point did John point the gun at me or my brother, he added.
Mr. Beaudoin told police he was able to convince Holmes to give him the gun, and he said he placed it on top of the gun cabinet, noting when he held the gun he could tell it was loaded with a full six rounds. As soon as I put the gun on the gun cabinet, I was able to get my stuff and get out of the house, Mr. Beaudoin noted in his statement.
Court documents indicated Holmess father, Chester W. Holmes, who also lives at 10 West Ave., was not home at the time of the incident.
Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said the investigation into the incident is continuing, and further charges are pending.