Alleged parole violator in critical condition after trying to take own life in Saratoga Springs police lock-up

July 31, 2019 07:17 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It was an incident which brought a small army of police. They were responding to a report of a big fight outside 58 Kaydeross Avenue West in the city's south end Saturday morning.

Responding officers encountered a guy in the middle of the road who told them someone pointed a gun at his head at a party. So police went to the house and found live and spent shell casings in the driveway.


"Officers tried to make contact with people in the house. Nobody responded or nobody answered the door. So we then set up a perimeter because we had this report of a gun," said Acting Chief John Catone of the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

The perimeter included state police and the county sheriff's tactical unit.

For two-and-a-half hours, they used phones and loudspeakers to urge the people inside to come out. Seven did, but with more inside, police barged in.

"The tactical team makes entry, they secure four more people in the basement, they also secure a .22 rifle in the basement, bring everybody out. All totaled, we wind up having 12 people that were part of this party."

Police say two of the 12 are parole violators and were brought to the station awaiting parole officers to pick them up.

Sources say while in the police holding cell, one of the men tried to kill himself. Citing HIPPA laws, Acting Chief Catone would only say there was a medical emergency, but NewsChannel 13 has learned the man critically injured himself and remains hospitalized in grave condition.

"I cannot speak to the medical emergency," said Catone.

A neighbor to the home on Wednesday told NewsChannel 13 that his wife is "scared to death" about what's going on at 58 Kaydeross West.

Police say they still expect to bring charges against someone.


Mark Mulholland

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