TOWN OF BALLSTON – A man shot and wounded by police after a June standoff has now been charged in the case, New York State Police said Thursday.
Joseph W. Mrozek, 27, of Malta, turned himself in to police in Clifton Park Wednesday in connection with the June 11 incident, police said.
He now faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer and second-degree reckless endangerment, police said.
Mrozek was shot by an officer following an overnight standoff at a Ballston Lake residence, police said then.
Troopers responded to the residence at approximately 7 p.m. the previous evening after receiving a report that a male subject discharged a shotgun in a field near a residence and subsequently made suicidal statements to an occupant of the same home, police said then.
The 27-year-old suspect was located outside his residence a short time later, and immediately fled inside his home. An initial release did not identify Mrozek. State police crisis negotiators were called in to help negotiate a peaceful surrender through the overnight hours, police said.
Then, shortly before 7 a.m. June 11, a special operation response team was called in an attempt to get the suspect to surrender. Police said the suspect then exited the residence brandishing a shotgun and ignored orders to drop the weapon.
A member of the response team then fired one round, striking the man in the upper body, according to police.
The man was transported to Albany Medical Center by Ballston Lake EMS for treatment, according to police.
Mrozek was arraigned and released to return to court later.