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Boonville standoff ends peacefully

By WKTV News

BOONVILLE, N.Y.(WKTV) A very tense Friday night in Boonville for a number of law enforcement agencies ended peacefully after a two hour standoff.

Boonville Police were called to a home at 355 East Schuyler St. at 7:14 P.M. Friday night, and when they arrived officers say they found 51 year old James Gydesen hiding in a shed just outside the home with a rifle in his hand.

Officers began talking to Gydesen, who was apparently upset over a recent breakup with his wife.

Police say Gydesen refused to put the rifle down and indicated he was going to take his own life.

Boonville Police requested assistance from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and the State Police.

Police say two hours later, at 9:19 P.M., officers were able to talk Gydesen into putting the rifle down and exiting the shed, where he surrendered without incident.

Police say however, after a short struggle, Gydesen was taken into custody by the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Gydesen was arrested for a violation of the Mental Health Law for being a threat to himself or others.

Gydesen was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica for treatment and evaluation.

No charges have been filed.

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