Neighbor dispute leads to Rotterdam standoff

June 12, 2018 11:18 PM

ROTTERDAM – A dispute between neighbors escalated in Rotterdam Tuesday and led to a six hour standoff with police.

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“You deal with neighbor disputes all the time and very rarely do you see it get to this level," said Rotterdam Police Lieutenant William Male.

Police said it all started around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Rotterdam Police said they responded to a call of neighbors fighting.

"The caller reported that his neighbor spray painted vulgarities on his property on his home, on his trailer,” said Lieutenant Male.

From there, police said 57-year-old Brian Beloncik shot his neighbor in the abdomen with a BB gun. They said the neighbor only suffered minor injuries.

It’s then that Rotterdam police said Beloncik barricaded himself in his home.

“There was a sign on his front door saying not to enter, I don't know the exact verbiage of it, but essential it said if you enter my residents, you will be shot,” explained Lieutenant Male.

Police said they feared he had firearms in the home. They attempted to negotiate with him for several hours, but that didn’t work.

“He failed to listen to our commands and ultimately we were assisted by the Schenectady Police Special Operations Squad,” said Male. “They deployed gas into the residences and after several minutes, the suspect ended up emerging from the residence."

Beloncik came out of the home naked. He was taken into custody. Police said a women also came out of the home, but have not said what her role in the incident was.

"The information we were getting was there was potentially a second person in the residence with him, there is no indication that she was held hostage,” said Male.

Police have not yet said if they found any weapons in the home. They said Beloncik is likely facing several charges.


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