Update: 01/21/2014 6:57am Ilion Police have releases a statement regarding the events that transpired at 60 High Street in Ilion.

According to the release local police responded to the residence at 6:53pm on Monday, January 20, 2014 for a report of a domestic incident.  A man inside, later identified as 57-year old Gene A. Wedemeyer, allegedly refused to answer the door and barricaded himself inside the upstairs apartment.

Residents of homes nearby were evacuated for hours while authorities tried to negotiate with Wedemeyer.

Police say Wedemeyer became increasingly agitated, throwing several burning items from second story windows, including two molotov cocktails and a hammer, which struck two officers.

Police say they tried for hours to bring the incident to a peaceful conclusion.  However, them an armed himself with a machete and knife, threatening to use them against officers.  He then, according to Ilion Police, intentionally set fire to the building's attic, and refused to come out of the burning building.

Emergency responders from multiple agencies put out the fire.  Once the fire was extinguished they found Wedemeyer's body inside.

The investigation is continuing.

Original Story:

Police are releasing few details this morning about a standoff that went into the early morning hours in the Village of Ilion on Monday.

Police surrounded a house on High Street near Remington Arms late in the evening on Monday, January 20, 2014.  They could be seen entering the home just before midnight.

Further details will be coming.

Police from Ilion, Mohawk and New York State Police were at the scene.

New details have confirmed that a fire broke out at the home at about 2 am.

Photo by Bill Keeler
Photo by Bill Keeler


















Video from the standoff on Monday, January 20, 2014 before fire broke out at the house: