20-hour standoff in Batavia ends peacefully

Batavia

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — What began as a domestic violence call, turned into a 20-hour standoff at a home on Liberty Street in Batavia.

It came to a peaceful end shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Negotiators talked to the man through his second story window for nearly a day. They convinced him to come out on his own.

The man’s name has not been released but we’re told he was charged with menacing. At this time it’s unknown what other charges he could face.

This started Monday at 1:30 p.m. The man’s girlfriend called City of Batavia Police saying he was threatening her with a sword .  She was able to get out.

During the negotiation process, officers say the man shot at them with a pellet gun. They say he also had a knife on him and had been drinking.

Crews tear gassed the house several times in an effort to get him to come out.  After nearly a day of negotiations, he finally did.

“One of our negotiators was talking with him,” said City of Batavia, Asst. Police Chief, Todd Crossett. “They were able to get him to come out on his own. So we did have a successful conclusion to this and no one was injured.”

It was a long, exhaustive process for multiple agencies, including City of Batavia Police, New York State Police, Emergency Response Crews from the County, SWAT Teams and a K-9 Unit.

But officers say getting this end result was worth the wait. 

“Patience you know, we just took a lot of time to work through it and that’s what we wanted to do,” said Asst. Chief Crossett.  “You know I’m sure we’ll have some criticism for how long it took, but no one got hurt.”

Meantime, neighboring homes were told to shelter in place but Police say that’s now over. 

Schools across the district remained open throughout the day.

The man was taken to strong memorial hospital in Rochester for an evaluation.

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