Soldier charged with firing pistol in Dobbs Ferry

Alexander Kelly is accused of firing a gun

Alexander Kelly is accused of firing a gun near a Dobbs Ferry bar. (Aug. 3, 2012) (Credit: NEWS12)

A soldier on leave was accused of firing a 9 mm pistol in front of a Dobbs Ferry bar early Thursday morning, prompting police to descend on Main Street in the quiet river town with a bloodhound, shotguns and automatic weapons.

Alexander Kelly, 24, of Lakewood, Wash., was being held at the Dobbs Ferry Police Department pending arraignment in Dobbs Ferry Village Court, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

Kelly is a former resident of Dobbs Ferry and was staying with his family in the village, police said.

Kelly, described by Dobbs Ferry police as a noncommissioned Army officer, faces charges of menacing, a misdemeanor, and two felony counts: criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Police said about 3 a.m., Kelley got into a dispute with another bar patron in front of the Celtic Corner Irish pub on Main Street. Kelly fired one round from a semiautomatic handgun he carried, which was recovered, police said. No one was struck by the bullets.

After witnesses reported the incident, police came out in force to the area of Main Street near the intersection of Chestnut Street.

Police said they tracked down Kelly about 9:20 a.m. through witness accounts.

News12 interviewed longtime Dobbs Ferry resident Larry Blizard, who said he heard a confrontation followed by gunfire.

"There was one person who was very angry and sounded very drunk and I don't know who fired the shot and I just heard voices," he said.

Information on an attorney for Kelly was not immediately available from the police.

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