(WKTV) - Police say after a domestic dispute at 60 High St. in Ilion turned deadly, they are now seeking answers.
When police arrived on the scene Monday evening, 57-year-old Gene Wedemeyer had barricaded himself upstairs in an apartment. Police tried numerous times to end the standoff peacefully, but they say Wedemeyer became belligerent.
"The male became more aggressive toward law enforcement, throwing burning articles from the second-story of the building," said Timothy Parisi, Ilion police chief. "The male also threw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement officers."
Officials say Wedemeyer also threw a hammer that hit two officers and brandished a machete and knife and threatened to use them against police.
After hours of negotiations, police believe Wedemeyer set the house on fire. When our crews arrived, law enforcement was trying to get to the front door to help Wedemeyer get out of the burning building, but each time he would slam the door. As the fire grew more intense, it became apparent Wedemeyer was not coming out.
"After the fire was extinguished, we presume that the remains of Gene Wedemeyer, who was in the residence, located at the first floor of the dwelling, " Parisi said.
As to why Wedemeyer started a standoff or the fire? Police won't speculate at this point, only to say the investigation is just getting started.