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Schenectady standoff suspect still in hospital, charges pending

Schenectady standoff suspect still in hospital, charges pending

The nearly 6-hour standoff occurred on Monday
Schenectady standoff suspect still in hospital, charges pending
Daniel Keary gestures during a standoff Monday
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette photographer

SCHENECTADY -- Daniel Keary, the 35-year-old city resident from Monday’s standoff with police, is still in the hospital, according to Schenectady police.

Sgt. Matt Dearing said police are supposed to be contacted when Keary is released from the hospital. He added Keary's charges are pending from the incident on Monday, but said he didn’t have specific charges as detectives are still investigating the case.

“We can hang onto the charges for a day or two if we know he’s getting out soon,” Dearing said. “If he’s in there for awhile, we’ll get a warrant.”


Keary surrendered himself to police following a nearly 6-hour-long standoff that started around 3:15 p.m. Police said they responded to calls of a distraught man at a home on Plymouth Avenue who was in an argument with another person. Police also said Keary had made threats, including ones toward his family.

Dearing said Keary was the only person inside his apartment when he surrendered himself to police. There were no reported injuries from the incident.

Keary also indicated he had a gun, police said.

Once police were able to get into the home, they discovered several long guns and ammunition, according to Dearing. 

A tactical waist pack could be seen on Keary, as well what appeared to be rope hanging from his neck. Dearing said he was not sure what the rope was being used for.

During the standoff, Keary could be seen coming in and out of his house, yelling expletives at the police and then going back inside his home.

There was also another family on the second floor of the building, but police don’t believe he had any contact with them. At one point, Keary was asked not to go upstairs and harm anyone by a police negotiator, telling him there were no police inside the home.

Police were in contact with the family on the second floor to ensure their safety, Chief Eric Clifford told the media following the standoff. They were directed to stay inside on the second floor.

Keary eventually came out of his home, hands in the air, lay down on the ground and was handcuffed by police. This came after negotiators from the Schenectady Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation spoke with Keary, as well as a few family members, police said.

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