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Oneonta man accused of threatening girlfriend with shotgun while drunk

An Oneonta man is facing felony charges after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a loaded shotgun while he was intoxicated, according to the Oneonta Police Department.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017 3:10 PM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 3:38 PM

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man is facing felony charges after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a loaded shotgun while he was intoxicated, according to the Oneonta Police Department.

Around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oneonta police responded to Chestnut Street to investigate a previous domestic incident. Police say they met with a 25-year-old woman who said that she had been menaced with a loaded shotgun by her intoxicated boyfriend, 35-year-old Steven Knauff, at their Main Street apartment.

Police say the victim told officers that she and Knauff had been in a verbal argument in their apartment and she called her dad, and while she was on the phone Knauff pointed the shotgun at her face. The victim told police that Knauff had since “passed out” but that he was still in possession of the loaded 12-gauge pump shotgun.

Officers then responded to the apartment where they found Knauff unconscious, and they were able to secure the loaded shotgun and metal knuckle knife. They took Knauff into custody without further incident, and he was charged with the following:

  • Criminal possession of a weapon (Felony)
  • Second-degree criminal use of a firearm (Felony)
  • Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (Misdemeanor)
  • Second-degree menacing (Misdemeanor)

Knauff was arraigned in Oneonta City Court and he’s being held on $15,000 bail.

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