Police injured during domestic standoff in Aurelius

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that his office, alongside New York State Police responded to a domestic incident between an adult brother and sister at 2086 West Genesee Street in the Town of Aurelius on Monday at about 8:30 pm. When officers arrived on the scene, Gould says that an individual named Francis R. Cox, 46, of Aurelius was advised that he was being arrested. At that point, Cox struck the officer and retreated into a bedroom — barricading himself inside the room. Members of the Cayuga County Critical Incident Negotiations Team began communicating with Cox, according to deputies while a warrant was issued for his arrest in Aurelius Town Court.The charges outlined in the warrant were harassment in the second degree, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.After several hours of negotiations, members of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s SWAT Team breached the bedroom door to take Cox into custody. He immediately began to attack officers with an aluminum baseball bat. He was subdued via less lethal impact rounds and a taser.Two members of the SWAT Team sustained minor injuries and several pieces of equipment were damaged in the incident. He was then charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief in the third degree — a Class D felony, criminal possession of a weapon — a Class A misdemeanor, and two counts of attempted assault in the second degree — a Class E felony. These charges were added to the initial charges.Gould says that Cox was committed to the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 secured bond. He will return to Aurelius Town Court on July 20th at 6:30 pm.