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Cops: Man Pulled Gun During Dispute at Route 22 Gas Station

The New York State Police provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

A verbal dispute that turned physical—and involved a .38-caliber revolver—led to a brief pursuit on Route 22 Sunday night, police say.

Authorities received a 911 call from the complainant, a 49-year-old Patterson resident, about the incident around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. According to officials at the , he and another man, Southeast resident Mario Zeoli, 48, were involved in an argument at the .

Police say the fight started when the complainant, who was attempting to use his cell phone while stopping for cigarettes, asked Zeoli, who was at the pump, to lower the music playing in his vehicle. The two reportedly exchanged words, and threats.

During the course of the argument, Zeoli allegedly pulled out the revolver and pointed it at the complainant. A struggle ensued, which resulted in one man sustaining a black eye, and the other bruising. Neither was hospitalized.

Both left before troopers arrived, according to police. They pursued Zeoli as he headed south on Route 22, and stopped him just north of Interstate 684.

Zeoli is facing two misdemeanors: third-degree assault and second-degree menacing with a weapon. Police say he is licensed to carry a gun.

Officials released the defendant, pending a future appearance in Southeast Justice Court. The investigation is continuing, according to authorities.

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Denise L August 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM
His license should be revoked and any guns he ownes should be confiscated..They let anyone carry a gun these days around town like jewlery..thats not what its for..
MSS August 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree that he used his weapon inappropriately, but I don't agree with the statement that they let anyone carry. Have you tried to get a legal carry permit? NY is one of the hardest states and I know plenty of law abiding, rightful citizens who have had to jump through hoops and paid hundreds of dollars to exercise their right.
louie August 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
People need to mind their business so they don't get shot.that Guy got lucky the Guy with the gun was in a good mood.

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