Utica man wanted in shooting taken into custody

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NEW BREMEN — A Utica man wanted for a non-fatal shooting in Jefferson County was located and taken into custody in Lewis County earlier this month, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies said Benji D. Reed, 41, of Watertown, was taken into custody on June 8 after he was spotted at a residence on Soft Maple Road in New Bremen. A search of Reed’s vehicle at the time uncovered a loaded 9mm handgun in a handbag on the floor of the backseat, along with a small quantity of cocaine, authorities stated.

Reed is charged with one count of second-degree possession of a weapon, a class C felony, deputies said. A passenger in the vehicle, Amy L. Deem, of Croghan, was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of second-degree use of drug paraphernalia, authorities stated. Both are scheduled to appear in New Bremen Town Court.

Authorities said they located Reed because of an active warrant out of Watertown from a non-fatal shooting on July 17, 2021. After he was taken into custody in Lewis County, authorities said Reed was turned over to the Watertown Police Department, where he was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to state records, Reed was released on parole from state prison on Oct. 22, 2020, after serving a 12 to 15 year sentence on charges of attempted murder and weapons possession in Oneida County.

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