Lockdown, Standoff Ends in Bovina
An overnight standoff ended early Monday morning when police searched a residence to find suspect Justin E. Geraghty, 32, dead in Bovina.
Delaware County Sheriff's Office initially responded to a call around 1 p.m. Sunday indicating a person was being held at gunpoint at a home at 1090 County Highway 5 in Bovina. Sheriffs found a victim, who had been released by Geraghty, fleeing from the scene upon arrival.
Police say Geraghty had earlier emerged from a wooded area behind the property and took the homeowners hostage following an earlier unrelated domestic incident at a nearby residence.
Geraghty then barricaded himself inside the home with a firearm and threatened to kill responding law enforcement officers when confronted, according to a release. New York State Police Mobile Response and Special Operations Response (SORT) teams were requested and aided in the negotiations and standoff.
After several hours of unsuccessful negotiations, tear gas was deployed by SORT in an attempt to flush out Geraghty, who until that time was still communicating with law enforcement.
Communication was subsequently lost and police searched the residence. Geraghty was found dead by members of the SORT team with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Geraghty was wanted by the New York State Division of Parole on an arrest warrant charging him with violation of parole and by the Delhi Police Department on an arrest warrant charging him with burglary, assault and petit larceny.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team, Mobile Response Team, Aviation Unit, and K9 Unit, as well as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police, Walton Village Police Department, Delaware County Department of Emergency Services, Bovina and Delhi Fire Departments and Cooperstown Medical Transport.