Medina man, age 21, charged for pointing gun at firefighters, resisting arrest

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 April 2024 at 1:58 pm

Photo from Medina PD: Joseph Colson allegedly pointed this black revolver BB gun at Medina firefighters and neighbors.

MEDINA – A Medina man has been charged after allegedly pointing a revolver at responding firefighters and also neighbors on Sunday afternoon, Medina Police Chief Todd Draper said today.

Joseph Colson, 21, was charged with 3 counts of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest, which are class A misdemeanors. Colson was arraigned this morning through the Centralized Arraignment Procedure. An order of protection was issued and Colson was released on his own recognizance.

The Medina Fire Department was dispatched to 744 Church St. at 3:43 p.m. for a 21-year-old man with an illness. At 3:47 p.m. Medina police officers heard radio traffic by Medina FD personnel reporting a man with a gun.

Upon arrival, Medina police observed Medina firefighters on the ground attempting to restrain an individual and a man on the porch with a shotgun. The man with the shotgun was ordered to the ground and disarmed, Draper said in a news release.

It was later determined that this man was a lawful gun owner and had retrieved the firearm to defend himself and assist FD personnel. He was released following a brief detention, Draper said.

While Colson was being restrained, he continued to resist and was taken into custody and placed in a patrol vehicle.  All parties involved outlined that Colson pointed a revolver and threatened neighbors and Fire Department personnel, Draper said.

A search of Colson’s residence located an extremely realistic black revolver BB gun, Draper said.  Arresting Officers in this case were Sgt. Christian Navas and Officer Kyle Daly.  Units from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department provided assistance as well.

“This incident highlights the dangers first responders face on a regular basis,” Draper said. “We would like to commend the officers and firefighters involved, and thank the Medina Fire Department, and the Orleans County Sheriff’s road patrol and dispatch.”