UPDATE: Man charged with assault following 7-hour standoff in Rome

UPDATE: Police have identified the man involved in a seven-hour standoff in Rome on Sunday.

Posted: Dec 3, 2017 12:14 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 2:12 PM

UPDATE: Police have identified the man involved in a seven-hour standoff in Rome on Sunday.

Joshua Theilmann, 34, has been charged with felony second-degree assault. He's being held in the Oneida County Jail on $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond.

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Rome, N.Y. -Rome Police say they were called at 2:09 a.m. Sunday morning to 405 W. Linden St., for a report of a domestic dispute.

Police say upon patrols arrival, they were met by an uncooperative male at the residence.  Police say the male, whose name they are not yet releasing, wouldn’t speak with responding officers and was visibly upset when he did interact with them.

Police say after officers learned that there were other occupants in the residence, including four young children, and the possibility of firearms, they halted attempts to speak with the occupants and activated the Special Response Team and called negotiators to the scene.

Police say after several hours of negotiations, the male occupant exited the residence without any further incident.  All other occupants were removed safely from the residence at that time.  Police did not know exactly how many guns were removed from the home, they say the investigation is still currently ongoing at this time.

Rome Police Detective Jeffrey Lanigan, who was called in as part of the Special Response Team, says the upset male inside wouldn't allow the woman which he had been involved in a domestic dispute with earlier, nor the children, to leave, as the initial responding patrol officers approached the home, "He wouldn't even open the door. He was just yelling for them to get away from the house. They learned that there were other occupants in the residence, including a number of children and also possibly some firearms within the residence. At that time they decided to back away, secure the perimeter, and they contacted the Special Response Team, also a couple of negotiators."


Det. Lanigan says the police negotiators negoitated for several hours before the man gave himself up and walked out the front door, much to the relief of everyone involved, "Best case scenario in these types of situations.  We couldn't ask for a better outcome."

Police then confiscated multiple guns from the home, but didn't have a count on how many.

Lanigan says after a very long and cold seven hours for all of the police officers involved, thankfully no one in the home was hurt and neither were any officers.

The unidentified male was taken into custody, but so far, no charges have been filed.

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