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27-year-old Ilion man facing charges after 3 1/2-hour standoff with police

A 27-year-old Ilion man is facing charges, after allegedly firing a long gun in an apartment, and causing a 3 1/2-hour standoff with police.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 7:01 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 5:39 PM

ILION, N.Y. -- A 27-year-old Ilion man is facing charges, after allegedly firing a long gun in an apartment, and causing a 3 1/2-hour standoff with police.

The situation started just after 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, and continued during WKTV’s evening newscasts.

Karl Rice was allegedly refusing to come out of his apartment, if our cameras were there.

Rice lives at 120 West Clark Street – the site of the standoff.

Ilion police say Rice was having an argument with one of three people who were in the upstairs apartment. He lives on the first floor apartment, and allegedly fired a gun through the door.

A 911 call brought Ilion police, state police, the Herkimer County Sheriff's Office, and many area police departments to the scene.

It was a sight neighbors couldn't ignore.

“We alerted them to stay in place. We shut the street down – no traffic in or out,” said Ilion Police Chief Timothy Parisi. “We'll do a debrief after, and see what went well, things you can always do better at. We had great response from a multitude of agencies and we work together very well with them. We appreciate their assistance.”

The three people in the upstairs apartment got out. Rice, and two others in his apartment, came out just before 6 p.m. – more than 3 1/2 hours later.

Rice is charged with attempted assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.

He's due in court December 28.

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