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Video: Man Armed With Rifle Kills Himself During Domestic Dispute In Area, Say Police

Video Credit: Jason Brodbeck

A 37-year-old armed with a rifle is fatally shot himself after a domestic dispute resulted in a standoff with responding officers.

At about 10:43 p.m. on Friday, July 20, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office responded to 208 Old Route 22 in the Town of Amenia for a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute involving a man in possession of a firearm.

While responding to the incident, Dutchess County 911 dispatchers updated deputies that the male had discharged the firearm, said Lt. Shawn A. Castano of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.

Responding deputies located the man outside of the residence armed with a rifle. Deputies ordered him to drop his rifle, but he refused to comply with multiple orders given by police, Castano said.

Patrol deputies along with members of the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Unit, Detective Bureau and New York State Police maintained a perimeter while Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiators attempted to convince the male to drop his rifle and surrender.

About an hour and a half into negotiations, the man fatally shot himself in the roadway in front of officers.

No one else was injured as a result of this incident.

The name of the man has not yet been released.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office, Wassaic Fire Department and Town of Amenia Ambulance.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Additional information may be released at a later time, Castano said.

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