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Gunfire greets deputies in 4-hour town of Rutland standoff


A Fort Drum soldier was taken into custody about 1 a.m. Wednesday following a standoff during which he is alleged to have fired several rounds from a shotgun and a rifle at police, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert J. Brady, 37, of 29660 Andrews Road, was arraigned later in the morning before Champion Town Justice Dennis G. Quinn on charges of menacing a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with bail set at $20,000.

Sheriff John P. Burns said Mr. Brady’s commanding officer at Fort Drum requested at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday that a patrol check on Mr. Brady’s welfare.

“As deputies exited their vehicles, shots were fired,” the sheriff said. As he responded to the scene, there were radio reports of more shots being fired. Nobody was injured, and there was no evidence of damage to police vehicles, he said.

There was no return of fire, due to concern that a military woman who lives with Mr. Brady might be in the house, Sheriff Burns said. It was later determined that Mr. Brady was alone.

The sheriff’s emergency response team, the Watertown police special response team, state troopers and the Onondaga County sheriff’s BearCat armored vehicle response team arrived at the scene, and the Rutland Fire Department closed Andrews Road and assisted with any police requests, the sheriff said.

The standoff ended shortly after the BearCat was positioned close to the house and police warned Mr. Brady that if he did not surrender, invasive measures would be taken, Mr. Burns said. Mr. Brady surrendered.

Although he did not know the count, Sheriff Burns said “I’m sure” that more weapons than the shotgun and rifle were removed from the house following the standoff.

He said his department was asked about three weeks ago to check on Mr. Brady’s welfare, but he was found not to be home on that occasion. A police agency in Ohio continued the welfare check and located him, the sheriff said.

According to Fort Drum, Sgt. 1st Class Brady is assigned to the 6th Cavalry of the 6th Combat Aviation Battalion and has served two deployments in Iraq and, more recently, one in Afghanistan, having returned to Fort Drum in October 2011.

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