Colonie standoff ends after police find man dead

He was described as despondent over personal issues

COLONIE — An emergency call about an armed, despondent man led to a standoff Monday night that ended when police discovered the man dead in his apartment, police said.

Officers spotted the man with a rifle on the back porch of his residence at 106 Braintree St., as they arrived at about 7:45 p.m., police spokesman Lt. Robert Winn said. 

The man then went inside, making no contact with police then or afterward, Winn said.

Officers with the department’s version of a SWAT team found his body about four hours later, Winn said.

The incident began when police received a call from a friend of the man’s mother. The 30-year-old was despondent over personal issues and had a rifle, police said. The information also indicated he was intoxicated, Winn said.

After seeing the man with the rifle go inside and not knowing his intentions, officers evacuated the other apartments in the building and neighboring houses out of an abundance of caution, Winn said.

Numerous officers responded, and negotiators arrived, Winn said.

Police attempted multiple means of communication, including a bull horn and by cellphone, but got no response, Winn said.

They even try to put in a robot, but it couldn’t get up to the man’s attic apartment.

Members of the department’s special services team then went in at about 11:30 p.m. and discovered his body, Winn said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. There was no reason to believe anyone else was involved, Winn said.

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