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Police: Schenectady church threat investigation continues

Police: Schenectady church threat investigation continues

Police said the incident involved a caller claiming explosives and man with weapons were in the church
Police: Schenectady church threat investigation continues
Schenectady Police officers Jonathan Pietrafesa, Doug Smith, and Pete Verrett take cover behind a patrol vehicle Friday
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY - The Friday night incident that sent police with guns drawn to the First Reformed Church in the Stockade remained under investigation Sunday as police reported no new developments.

The incident left residents shaken, but a report of explosive devices and weapons inside the building that started the incident proved unfounded.

The incident began Friday afternoon, just after 2 p.m. when a male caller claimed to dispatchers that there were multiple explosive devices inside the 8 N. Church St. building. The caller also made reference to someone possibly in the building with weapons.

Officers responded, surrounded the church and gathered further information. The department also reached out to surrounding agencies for additional K-9 officers and equipment. The state police, Troy police, and Schenectady County and Albany County sheriff's departments assisted.

Photos: Images from Friday's incident at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady

Members of the Schenectady Special Operations Squad eventually entered the church and cleared the building, confirming no one was inside and no explosives or weapons present.

The incident followed one from the summer that led to the evacuations of several government buildings in Schenectady. Those evacuations stemmed from a note found outside the county building. Police investigated and soon arrested a Rotterdam man in connection to that case.


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