Police Searching for Armed Man in Town of Fenton
A roadway in northern Broome County was sealed off as a manhunt was launched for a person believed to have been armed with an AR-style rifle.
State police and sheriff's deputies converged on an area along Route 79 in the town of Fenton just west of Route 369.
Authorities reportedly had been alerted to threats made by a 36-year-old North Fenton man. Police were dispatched to his residence shortly after noon Wednesday.
The man was said to have made threats against the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement personnel. He also allegedly indicated he was prepared to be killed by police in a "suicide by cop" scenario. Police called for a mental health crisis team to respond.
Law enforcement personnel who were staging at a church at Route 369 and Route 79 directed a reporter away because the area was not secure.
The man apparently fled into a heavily-wooded area behind his residence armed with a rifle. He also had indicated he had access to other weapons.
Some nearby residents were notified of the potential danger through the county's reverse 911 system.
A Broome County Sheriff's Office SWAT vehicle arrived at the church shortly after 2:30 p.m.
New York State Police would not release the name of the man. He was described as white with dark hair; about 6 feet, 1 inch tall; weighing 275 pounds.
The man was wearing a black shirt and light-colored pants or shorts when he was last seen. He also may have been wearing glasses.
State police said law enforcement officers would remain in the area to search for the man. They advised nearby residents to remain inside and to keep the doors to their homes and vehicles locked.
People who notice any unusual or suspicious activity should call 911.
Past news accounts reported the man had graduated from Ithaca High School and had been living in the Rochester area.
In October 2010, the man turned himself in at the Owego village police department's station. News reports indicated he surrendered after receiving a call from a Secret Service agent.
The man allegedly had made threats to shoot former President George W. Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney.
A Facebook page that appeared to belong to the man Wednesday afternoon was filled with posts expressing anger directed toward the government and its legal system.
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This story was updated with additional information provided by New York State Police.