Sheriff: Standoff in Romulus leads to felony charges, discovery of AR-15

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that on Sunday around 2:34 p.m. deputies arrested a Romulus man following a domestic incident and standoff.

Kelly B. Drennen, 59, of 5687 Colonel’s Dr. Romulus was arrested after a domestic incident — where an unidentified female victim escaped from his residence, reporting that he was armed with a pistol and had threatened her with it. The female victim also reported that Drennen had choked her during the incident.

Deputies responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with Drennen but he refused to cooperate and would not come out of his home. Luce says that deputies set up a perimeter and called in negotiators, who spoke with Drennen throughout the incident. He eventually exited the home peacefully and surrendered to deputies.


Following the arrest investigators located a pistol and an unregistered AR-15, which was accompanied by 11 large capacity feeding devices with a large supply of ammunition.

Drennen was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing and 11 counts of unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices.

He was arraigned in Varick Town Court where he was remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $300 cash bail or $600 secured bond. An order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim, as well.

Sheriff Luce says that Drennen posted bail and was released from the jail.

The New York State Police, New York State DEC Police, South Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County E-911 and New York State Electric & Gas also assisted during the incident.

The victim was provided services by Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes.

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