BROADALBIN – A Broadalbin man has been charged in connection with a March incident that involved a standoff, fire and threats to officers, Fulton County Sheriff’s officials said.
Matthew A. Parrotti, 49, of Union Mills Road, was charged Friday with menacing a police officer, a felony, and second-degree reckless endangerment and fifth-degree arson, misdemeanors, officials said.
Parrotti is accused of setting fire to his trailer and threatening police with a large knife March 16, officials said.
A sheriff’s corporal ultimately tased him and Parrotti was taken into custody.
Paramedics then rushed the man to Albany Medical Center by helicopter for treatment of serious cuts, officials said at the time.
The incident began that evening with multiple calls regarding a distraught man having a possible psychotic event at the Indian Village Trailer Park in Fulton County, officials said at the time.
The man had been smoking crack cocaine for several days and had poured kerosene or another accelerant over himself, according to officials then.
Deputies and state police then responded and state police investigators attempted to negotiate with the man for several hours. During that time, the man made several threats to officers that he would either harm himself or that officers would have to shoot him, officials said previously.
The man then started the fire in the residence and the fire spread rapidly. The Broadalbin and Perth fire departments proceeded to put the fire out. The man then broke several windows with a butcher knife in his hand, officials said.
“He rushed out the front door with the knife in hand in an aggressive manner,” a sheriff’s release at the time read. “He was tased, fell to the ground and was placed into custody.”
Sheriff Richard Giardino credited members of the sheriff’s communications center, deputies, state police and investigators with the safe result.