HALFMOON -- A police standoff that stretched into a second day Monday ended this morning with an arrest, after the man exited the mobile home and was taken into custody, according to a witness at the scene.
In the wake of the arrest, just one police car was at the Halfmoon Heights home where a heavy police presence had been stationed since midday Sunday, after a man police identified as Mike Davis, 39, barricaded himself in the mobile home.
A neighbor said Davis came out of the structure after police fired yet another round of tear gas into the home Monday morning. He then complied with police orders to lay down on the ground until he could be taken into custody, the neighbor told a Daily Gazette photographer who was at the scene later in the morning.
Members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police spent the night trying to talk Davis into surrendering. Multiple rounds of tear gas were also fired into the home during the standoff.
The incident originated at around noon on Sunday, when Davis reportedly showed up at the mobile home with a gun. This came 11 days after he hit his wife, neighbors said.
That domestic dispute led to a roughly four-hour standoff, police said, and concluded with Davis being arrested and charged with violating an order of protection. He was released after posting bail, and was able to keep at least one of his guns.
“She’s a victim,” one neighbor said of the man’s wife. “The police failed [the wife and kids].”
Davis’ wife and children were not in the mobile home with him at the time of the standoff on Sunday, police said.
Davis has been a source of trouble in the neighborhood, residents said. He can often be heard yelling and fighting with his wife, and Lurdena Tedrick, who lives a few lots away, said the man has in the past fought with her husband.
Tedrick said she lives at 29 E. Sue Lane, and Davis lives a few lots over from her. Many children, including her own, live at the mobile home facility, which was formerly known as Turf Trailer Park, she said.
“It can’t be safe if someone like that is around,” Tedrick said.