After the storm, overnight stand-off in Seneca Falls

On May 29th, 2012 at approximately 9:00 PM the Seneca Falls Police Department responded to an address on Daniels Street in the Town of Seneca Falls for the report of a suicidal subject. Upon arrival the Seneca Falls Police discovered that a 49 year old male had barricaded himself in a second story bedroom refusing to comply with officer’s orders to come out.During the standoff, the male subject threatened to shoot the police officers or cause injury to them by some type of incendiary device. Officers from the Seneca Falls Police Department and the NYS Police Negotiation team spoke with the male subject for hours by cellular telephone before the male subject lost power to his cell phone and was unable to recharge it due to the fact that the town was still out of power from the earlier day’s storms.Negotiations then continued verbally until 3:40 AM when officers lost all forms of communication. The NYS Police SORT (Special Operations Response Team) Unit was then mobilized as well as a NYSP robot. The robot was being deployed to provide the barricaded male on the second floor with a second cellular telephone to continue negotiations when the subject walked out the front door and turned himself into Law Enforcement for a mental health evaluation.A further investigation showed that the barricaded subject had dumped gasoline on himself, and the room he was in, in anticipation in hurting or killing himself. The standoff that lasted over 10 hours ended peacefully with the assistance of the New York State Police; the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department; North Seneca Ambulance; and the Seneca Falls Fire Department. Charges are still pending.

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