Street in Fort Edward reopened after 8-hour standoff
Posted at: 09/29/2013 12:00 PM
| Updated at: 09/30/2013 7:53 AM
By: Dan Bazile
FORT EDWARD - There were some tense moments overnight in Fort Edward when a man is holed up inside his home with a weapon for several hours.
It all began around 1 a.m. Sunday when police got a call for shots fired on Notre Dame Street.
That suspect, police say, was at a house party and was asked to leave because he had had too much to drink.
"The subject made the comment he was going to get a gun and returned with the weapon and fired a shot," said Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Derway.
No one was hit, but police say the suspect went back into his house just a couple of doors down at 36 Notre Dame St. Officers surrounded the house with a response team from the State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's department. The suspect was holed up inside.
“Through the incident we had to treat it as though he was armed inside and potentially there were other people inside with him," said Derway.
They took more precautions by shutting down several streets in the area. Many homes were also evacuated.
"Through the use of cell phone pinging, we were able to determine he was likely in the home."
Police had to use a siren and a pa system from a state police vehicle to make contact. After several attempts and nearly eight hours later, it was finally over.
The suspect has not been charged yet, but police say charges are forthcoming. Once officially charged, police plan to release more information, including the suspects name.