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Police: Schenectady standoff ends with one in custody

Police: Schenectady standoff ends with one in custody

The incident began at about 11:30 a.m. in Vale
Police: Schenectady standoff ends with one in custody
Officers with guns drawn at the scene Monday
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY - A standoff in Schenectady prompted after an earlier shots fired incident ended mid-afternoon Monday with one man in custody, police said.

Police pulled the man out of 1330 Union St. just before 3 p.m. after trying to get him out on his own for nearly three hours, police said.

No injuries were reported throughout the incident, from the initial shots fired through to the incident's conclusion, police said.

Police had been searching for the man in connection with shots fired earlier in the city's Vale neighborhood, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing told reporters.

Dearing described the man as "potentially involved" and said he was taken to the police station for questioning.

Schenectady Police Sgt. Matthew Dearing briefs the media after the incident's conclusion:

A section of Union Street remained shut down throughout the incident. Police remained on scene at 4:30 p.m., but the road had reopened.

Police removed the man from the apartment house at 1330 Union St. just before 3 p.m. after the department's Special Operations Squad went in. He could be seen shirtless and with a black substance on him as officers led him out.

He was taken out after the department used what appeared to be a "flash-bang" grenade. Glass could be seen flying from an upper broken window.  Such devices are used to disorient people inside a building.

Police could be heard earlier on a megaphone saying they have the house surrounded and urging the suspect or suspects to come out with their hands up.

The department's Special Operations Squad could be seen going into the residence around 2 p.m. Officers earlier could be seen escorting at least one person from the area. Dearing described that person as a resident.

Photos: Images from Monday's incident on Union Street in Schenectady

The shots fired incident happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. at Victory Avenue and Catherine Street in the city’s Vale neighborhood, police said on Twitter. No injuries have been reported, police said.

Officers in the area heard what appeared to be shots and quickly confirmed that shots had been fired, Dearing said. Leads sent officers to 1330 Union St. with information that the suspect may be in or around there.

Schenectady Police Sgt. Matthew Dearing briefs the media earlier:

Police asked around noon that all vehicle and pedestrian traffic avoid the area of Union Street between Phoenix Avenue and Maryland Avenue.

Photos: Images from Monday's incident on Union Street in Schenectady

The 1330 Union St. address has a history with law enforcement. In 2015, Harold Michael Ortiz, 44, killed resident Valerie Washington there and tried to kill another resident, 65-year-old Ralph Carson, leaving him for dead in the building's basement.

Ortiz later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping and is now serving 30 years to life in prison.
 

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