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Penn Yan man arrested following Main Street standoff

Posted at: 11/27/2012 8:49 PM
By: Messenger Post Newspapers

Penn Yan and Yates County area law enforcement and fire/rescue responders were called to the scene of a standoff in the village of Penn Yan Tuesday afternoon when an unidentified man barricaded himself in a house which he then set on fire.

For several minutes, the man broke windows and yelled at police before a group of officers rammed down the door, entered the house and took the man into custody. Already restrained, the man was then put on an ambulance backboard, loaded into the back of a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer's pick up truck and transported to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan

Penn Yan Police Chief Mark Hulse said the incident began after police were contacted by a family member who said the man was threatening to burn down the house at 348 Main St.

When police arrived at the house to interview him, he barricaded the door and started the fire. He then smashed windows in the house.

There were no other people in the house and there were no firearms involved, according to Hulse, who said there were no shots fired, although officers had their weapons drawn as they entered the house.

After the man was removed from the house, Penn Yan firefighters who were waiting nearby to attack the house fire moved in to battle the blaze.

Hulse said additional details, including charges, will be released later.

During the incident the Penn Yan and Emmanuel Baptist Schools were locked down.

Courtesy: MPNnow.com