State Police: Trooper shoots armed man after standoff in the town of Ballston Sunday morning



TOWN OF BALLSTON A member of the state police Special Operation Response Team shot and wounded a man carrying a shotgun Sunday morning after an overnight standoff in the town of Ballston, state police said later Sunday.

The officer fired at the man with one shot at about 7 a.m. Sunday, after the man left a residence brandishing a shotgun, and after the man refused orders to drop the weapon, state police said.

The man was taken to Albany Medical Center and was in guarded condition, state police said just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The man’s identity and the address of the shooting were not immediately released. Troopers listed his age as 27.


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The incident began about 12 hours earlier at 7 p.m. Saturday. Troopers responded to the Ballston Lake residents for a report that a man had  fired a shotgun in a field near a residence and then made suicidal statements to an occupant of the residence, state police said.

Troopers then located the man outside his residence a  short time later and the man immediately fled inside, state police said.

Troopers then attempted to communicate a peaceful surrender with the man through the overnight hours and with the help of state police crisis negotiators, but those attempts were unsuccessful, state police said.

Then, shortly before 7 a.m., members of the Special Operation Response Team “approached the residence and attempted to direct the male to surrender,” state police said in a release. “He then exited the residence brandishing a shotgun.

“He was directed by state police to drop the gun, and after disregarding the order, a member of the response team fired one round from their duty weapon, striking the man in the upper body,” the release continued.

The investigation remained active later Sunday morning, state police said.

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