A Speonk man is facing felony charges after police said he fired a rifle into the air during a dispute in an elementary school parking lot early Tuesday.
Sean Dougherty, 24, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling after the 2:36 a.m. incident on the grounds of Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road, Southampton Town police said.
Police said Dougherty and a woman agreed to meet another man with two women at the school early Tuesday to "resolve an issue about personal property and money owed."
When Dougherty and his female companion arrived, police said, Dougherty pulled out a rifle from his vehicle and fired.
No one was injured, but police said they briefly fought and the two women who were with Dougherty fled.
Police said the other man then jumped into Dougherty's Ford Taurus and drove off. The two women who were with him drove away in their vehicle. The car, recovered not far from the scene, was impounded, police said.
Dougherty was arrested at police headquarters after he reported his car stolen, said Det. Sgt. Randy Hintze, adding that the rifle has not been recovered.
The investigation is continuing, police said.
Dougherty was to be arraigned Tuesday in Southampton Town Justice Court.