Man involved in police standoff in Utica

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police were involved in a stand off with police, after he was threatening to kill himself Thursday night, according to officials.

45-year-old Richard Harvey had sent text messages and photos to his wife, according to police. Some of those photos showed Harvey holding a gun to his chin.

When police got into the Mandevlle Street home, they found several long guns and marijuana plants growing.

Harvey was taken to the hospital. Charges are pending after he undergoes a mental health evaluation.

On April 4, 2013, at around 9:00 PM, Utica Police responded to 507 Mandeville Street for a 911 call of a man threatening suicide with a shotgun.

The distraught man, later identified as Richard Harvey (age 45, resident therein) had sent text messages and photographs to his ex-wife, saying that he was going to kill himself. One of the photographs depicted Harvey placing a shotgun under his chin.

Members of the Utica Police Department's emergency response team eventually made entry into the home and took Harvey into custody without further incident.

While inside the apartment police officers observed a marijuana growth operation, and secured several long guns.

Harvey was taken to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. Criminal charges against Harvey are pending.

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