Tupper man charged injuring officers while resisting arrest and threatening to kill judge

TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake man was charged with injuring police officers and threatening to kill a local judge early Wednesday morning.

At approximately 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Tupper Lake Police Department officers were dispatched to 20 Lindsay Ave. for a report of a domestic dispute. Upon arrival the officers found Chad T. Amo, 34, outside holding a storm door. The officers approached Amo, who they said immediately became confrontational. As the incident escalated, officers attempted to take Amo into custody for disorderly conduct and officers said they had to use lawful physical force to restrain him and take him into custody.

Officers brought Amo to the police department for processing, where they said he continued to be combative with local officers as well as New York State Police, who assisted. Amo refused all processing efforts, but officers completed charges for disorderly conduct and resisting.

Amo was arraigned before village Justice Christopher Delair, where police say he continued to be combative and appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to being under the influence of a narcotic. Delair ordered Amo to be remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone but during the court appearance police said Amo told the judge that once out of jail, he would return and kill him and attempted to damage courtroom furniture. While escorting Amo from the courtroom, police said he continued to resist officers and scream that he was going to cause severe physical injury to the judge and his personal property. Amo wasn’t arraigned at this time. Delair ordered Amo to reappear in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Amo was brought back to the police department once again to await the arrival of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. While at the station, police said the defendant told the officers that when he gets out of jail, he was going to commit mass murder in Tupper Lake by means of an automatic firearm, including citizens and law enforcement personnel.

Amo was turned over to the sheriff’s department. During the incident, the officers received minor abrasions and a department body camera was damaged beyond repair, police said.

Amo was brought back to arraignment in village court at 1 p.m. Wednesday, this time in front of acting village Justice Leonard Young since Delair might be considered a witness to the alleged threats made in village court.

Amo was charged with and arraigned on the following: making a terroristic threat (two counts), resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief (two counts), criminal contempt in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, reckless endangerment of property, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, harassment in the first degree (two counts), cruelty to animals, and appearing in public under the influence of a narcotic.

Amo was remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

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