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Nearly 6-hour-long standoff ends peacefully in Schenectady

Nearly 6-hour-long standoff ends peacefully in Schenectady

Man surrenders to police
Nearly 6-hour-long standoff ends peacefully in Schenectady
Schenectady police take a man into custody following a standoff Monday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY -- A nearly 6-hour-long standoff ended with a man surrendering to police with his hands in the air on Monday.

Police responded to a home on Plymouth Avenue at about 3:16 p.m. with reports of a distraught man. Police Chief Eric Clifford told media after the incident that the man who surrendered had been making threats, including ones toward his family. No one apparently was injured. Clifford said that once police arrived on the scene, they were able to begin a conversation with him.

A police negotiator could be heard during the incident pleading with the man, who apparently was alone in his apartment, not harm himself. He then started speaking to the man about his children, though Clifford said it was unclear if they were ever at the scene.

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“Your kids deserve a father,” the negotiator could be heard saying. 

The man, identified by police late Monday as 35-year-old Daniel Keary, was somewhat defiant during the standoff.

Clifford said the man was telling police he had a gun. The man could also be seen coming outside multiple times, yelling expletives at police officers and then going back inside the home.

The home on Plymouth Avenue was a two-family home, Clifford said. There was a family on the second-floor apartment during the standoff, Clifford said, but he didn’t believe the man made any contact with the family. The family was not being held hostage.

There was a moment during the standoff where the man was asked by a negotiator not to go upstairs.

“There are no cops inside that house,” the negotiator said. “Do not go upstairs and hurt anyone.”

Clifford said they were in contact with the family upstairs to make sure they were safe.

The city police's Special Operations Unit was at the scene, receiving assistance from the Colonie Special Services Team and negotiators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

There were also a couple of family members involved in the negotiations to help get the man to surrender. 

The man surrendered at 8:51 p.m.

Clifford said the man was taken to the hospital to be treated “for his condition that he suffers from.” Clifford was not specific about the condition and was not sure which hospital he was taken to.

There were no charges announced against Keary in a release Monday night, but police spokesman Sgt. Matt Dearing later confirmed that multiple long guns were found inside the home.

Clifford said his department trains regularly for incidents like the one on Monday. He added that they have an upcoming training session on hostage negotiation.

It also helps when other agencies can lend a hand.

“We bring those in with more experience and we get the job done,” Clifford said. “It’s a collective effort from all.”

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