A standoff with authorities in Yates County ended with one person dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Monday morning, Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to execute an arrest warrant out of Chemung County for a Barrington man that failed to appear in court as part of his psychiatric treatment. According to Sheriff Ron Spike, the man had firearms and was barricaded inside his Bossard Road residence. The sheriff’s office requested mutual aid from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team and the FBI.
A Yates County Sheriff’s Investigator negotiated for the man’s peaceful surrender for hours on the phone commencing at 7 Monday morning to no avail. A command post was established at the Six Corners area near the Yates-Schuyler County line. The barricaded door had to be forcibly breached by the Emergency Response Team with special FBI equipment. While members were searching the house on the main floor with assistance of a robot around 2:30 Monday afternoon, it appeared the man had rigged a gasoline fire to start, which spread rapidly driving authorities out of the house. Dundee, Tyrone and Himrod firefighters all responded and were guarded by Emergency Response Team members as they extinguished the fire.
Shortly after 4 p.m., a dead body was discovered in a bedroom with a gun it is hands. The body was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy to determine the cause of death. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time due to identification and notification of relatives.
The cause of the fire is under investigation as well.
In a news release, Sheriff Spike thanked all law enforcement for their professionalism and assistance, as well as first responders, OEM, Medic 55 and Dundee firefighters.
The following photos were provided by David Grady: