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No charges yet after standoff, hostage situation in Yates County

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Sheriff Ron Spike has given an update on the standoff involving law enforcement in the village of Rushville.

On Monday a little before 3:30 p.m. a 59-year-old village resident reported a domestic incident in progress.

Prior to deputies arrival the victim told dispatch that the suspect had a firearm and would “shoot anyone coming in, and then shoot her.” Sheriff Spike said he was barricaded inside a bathroom in the residence.

Residents in the neighborhood where it unfolded were asked to shelter in place.

“Negotiations with the man were on-and-off over the phone,” Spike added. Deputies were able to extricate the woman through a rear bathroom window to safety.

Spike then called Ontario County Sheriff David Cirencione to request an Emergency Response Team and Bearcat vehicle for mutual aid.

They responded and the standoff continued until around 6:30 p.m. The 63-year-old, who has not yet been identified, surrendered his loaded firearm and came out of the home without incident.

He was transported to a mental health facility for treatment. Criminal charges are pending, according to Spike.

“All ended with peace restored and I thank our 911 dispatchers, both Yates and Ontario Deputies for their professional police work as the incident was resolved without injury or getting worse. The assist from Ontario County was greatly appreciated,” Sheriff Spike added.