AMITY, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Allegany County man is facing a host of charges following a hostage situation and after he menaced police with a firearm, according to New York State Troopers.

Police say just before 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, they responded to a home on Findlay Road in the town of Centerville for a domestic dispute. There, troopers attempted to make contact with 39-year-old Jacob McCowen, where he allegedly menaced them with a firearm and then barricaded himself inside with other occupants.

The incident lasted until 6:25 a.m. Thursday, when he attempted to leave the residence and was taken into custody. Several firearms and possible explosive devices were found in the residence.

He was charged with the following:

  • 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon – loaded firearm
  • 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon – 5 or more firearms
  • 5 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon – assault rifle
  • criminal possession of stolen property
  • endangering the welfare of a child
  • 2 counts of menacing
  • 26 counts of unlawful possession of ammunition feeding devices
  • 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • obstructing governmental administration

He was arraigned and remanded to Allegany County Jail.

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