Lake Placid police: Man fired gun during dispute

LAKE PLACID – A local man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly firing a gun during a dispute with his girlfriend.

Lake Placid village police charged James E. Pipher Jr., 36, of Lake Placid, with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of second-degree menacing at 7:35 p.m. Saturday. Police said he was arrested following an investigation into a domestic dispute at a Lake Placid apartment. Both charges are class A misdemeanors.

Police Sgt. Chuck Dobson said Pipher fired a pistol into a wall during the argument.

“No one was hurt,” Dobson said. “There was a search warrant obtained, and several items of evidence were taken, including a piece of wall where a projectile was fired into it.”

Dobson explained that Pipher has a gun permit, but the pistol wasn’t listed on it.

“He was actually charged with two different subsections,” Dobson said. “One is possession of a weapon without a permit; the other was the manner in which he used it.”

Pipher was taken into custody without incident, Dobson said. Pipher was processed at the police station, arraigned in village court and released to reappear at a later date. An order of protection was issued to the victim.

Police weren’t sure if Pipher has retained a lawyer.