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Cortland Man Found with Assault Rifle after Reporting Gunfire Himself

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A Cortland man who originally reported a “shots fired” call to city police last week was later arrested for possessing an illegal assault rifle, himself.

Officers were called to a Lincoln Avenue residence just before 4:30 last Thursday (December 5) morning, after 27-year-old Matthew Hull reported hearing a gunshot while listening in on an argument between his neighbors.

Upon following up with said neighbors, police say they were allowed to search the residence in question and found no weapons.

Investigators then returned to Hull’s residence to speak with him further about the incident, at which point they discovered an illegally-possessed AK-style assault rifle in his residence, along with a 30-round magazine (also illegal) and 62 rounds of 7.62 x 39-caliber rifle ammunition.

There were no indications that the weapon had been fired there at the residence, according to Lt. Michael Strangeway.

Hull was hit with two 3rd-degree weapon possession charges, both felonies, later released to appear on December 20.

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