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Standoff ends peacefully on Arnold Avenue

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A peaceful end was the result of a police standoff on Arnold Avenue. The incident involved a 26-year-old man threatening to harm himself and firing several rounds before surrendering to police.

The man involved is Willie Bellamy.

Utica Police Chief Mark Williams says Bellamy never pointed his shot gun at police. Instead, he aimed at the floor and ceiling of the South Utica Home. He was the only one inside at the time.

A lot of manpower responded at 2:00 Friday afternoon when the man called threatening to harm himself.

Despite the peaceful resolution, police took this incident seriously from the beginning. Utica Police Chief Mark Williams, "It wasn't smooth. It took about an hour of dialog between the officers and the person himself. After he fired several more shots, he finally laid down his weapon and surrendered himself."

No charges have been filed. Chief Williams says police have to determine if any laws were broken during the incident. Bellamy was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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