NEWFIELD, N.Y.—A Newfield man was taken into custody after a law enforcement response for a domestic dispute turned into an armed UTV chase.

According to a press release from Undersheriff Jennifer Olin, police responded to a residence on Trumbulls Corners Road in the Town of Newfield around 7 a.m. Saturday morning after a report of a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival, police said the victim instructed them that Richard Marks Jr., 38 years old of Newfield, had fled the residence in a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) after the incident. Marks also had several warrants for other previous domestic incidents, Olin said.

Deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriffs Office found Marks in a nearby wooded area. From about 50 yards away, Marks pointed a 12 gauge shotgun and shot twice “in the vicinity of the deputies.” Marks then challenged the deputies to come get him, according to Olin’s account. An alert was published by police around that time to avoid the area.

Police later found Marks on Horton Road in Newfield, where he was taken into custody. TCSO was helped by New York State Police, Ithaca Police Department and the New York Parks Police.

Marks was charged with menacing a police officer and two counts of attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, all felonies, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. Marks is being held without bail pending a Newfield Town Court appearance.

Matt Butler

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