Man barricaded in Herkimer County home threatens to shoot police

By WKTV News

COLUMBIA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As of 10 pm Monday night New York State Police remain outside of a house in Columbia after a man barricaded himself in his home with guns.

State Police say they were originally called to Donald Brown's house on Route 28 and Jordanville Road for a domestic dispute around 4 o'clock called by a relative of Brown's concerned for his safety.

"He was upset. It appears he was drinking, he says if a police officer goes to his house to negotiate, he will shoot that police officer," says State Police Captain Francis Coots.

State police have been trying to negotiate with Brown via telephone and have been on and off with him throughout the evening, but say it is a slow process.

"We understand that time is on our side and we're going to continue to talk to him to hopefully have him surrender to us," says Coots.

Volunteer firefighters, negotiators, state troopers, The Department of Environmental Conservation, and a Special Operations Response Team were there throughout Monday night to ensure that no one was put in a position of danger.

"He wants us to go away and we're not going to go away until he surrenders," say Captain Coots. "He's the one thats controlling the situation right now but we're not going anywhere until he gives himself up."

State police say they have dealt with Brown in the past, having to negotiate with him several years ago in a similar situation.

State Route 28 from Village of Mohawk ( at Vickerman Hill) to State Route 20 in Richfield is closed.

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