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Lengthy pursuit in Ulster County leads to gunshots and arrest

MARBLETOWN - Ulster County Sheriffs say they arrested a High Falls man after he led police on a pursuit with a stolen vehicle and forced them to shoot him twice.

Officials say that on April 15 at 10:30 p.m. they responded to a stolen vehicle call in the Town of Marbletown.  According to officials they spotted the vehicle and after an attempt to stop it, they followed the vehicle through multiple towns. 

Allegedly after a brief halt of the pursuit in the City of Kingston the vehicle was spotted again.  Officials resumed the pursuit which led to the vehicle striking a fence.  Authorities say the vehicle continued through more towns where the driver finally lost control of his vehicle in the Town of Hurley after attempting to hit two of the pursuing police cars. 

Officials say that the driver, who was identified as 20-year-old Brandon Rifenburg, was shot twice by a Deputy Sheriff in the chest while being taken into custody.  The Sheriff's Office says that Rifenburg was taken to Kingston Hospital and was later transported to Albany Medical Center to have surgery for his injuries. 

Rifenburg was released from the hospital ten days later and was immediately taken into custody according to sheriffs.  He was allegedly charged with Fourth Degree Grand Larceny, two counts of Third Degree Criminal Mischief, Second Degree Criminal Mischief, First Degree Reckless Endangerment, Fourth Degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, among other misdemeanors and twenty traffic infractions.

Rifenburg allegedly stole the vehicle following a domestic dispute with a family member.  He was sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu of bail.

The Sheriff's Office says that the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed.