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Update: Tompkins man in standoff has died, was wanted on DWI charge

Reader submitted photo of the road blocked off during the barricade

Update Friday 12:30 p.m.

Danby man David Cady, 36, died after a standoff with law enforcement in Tompkins County that lasted more than two straight days, according to the sheriff’s office.

It’s unclear how Cady died.

He was found dead at 8 a.m. There was no exchange of gunfire after Cady fired at a patrol car Tuesday evening, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“Throughout the ordeal, constant efforts were made to insure the safety of both law enforcement and the public at large. Attempts to communicate with Mr. Cady were unsuccessful during this situation,” the statement said.

“Sheriff Lansing would like to make known that every attempt to provide a safe and peaceful outcome for this situation was made.”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Court records show that a warrant was issued for Cady’s arrest on Aug. 26 for felony DWI.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Cady was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was arrested on Route 96 near Danby.

Time Warner Cable News reported that a woman who identified herself as Cady’s wife said he was afraid of jail time.

“Thursday she told a Time Warner Cable News reporter that Cady had a warrant for a felony DWI and “knows he’s going to jail and he is scared,”‘ the report said.

Update Friday 11 a.m. —

WHCU is now reporting that the man involved in the more than 2-day standoff with police is dead.

“The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear, though it appears he did not die at the hands of law enforcement,” WHCU reported.

We haven’t confirmed this report. Check back for updates.

Update Friday morning

The standoff involving the armed Tompkins County man barricaded inside his home has ended, according to witnesses and multiple news reports.

Residents of the area say that police vehicles are leaving the scene.

The sheriff’s office said more information would be released shortly. We’ll be sure to provide it to you as soon as it comes in.

Update Thursday night —

Danby, N.Y. — A stand-off involving an armed Tompkins County man barricaded inside his home has now lasted over 48 hours, according to a statement from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The man fired a shot at a patrol car during the course of the barricade. The incident began when police tried arresting the man on an outstanding warrant around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to law enforcement.

The sheriff’s office has said that two children and a woman were in the house but have since been moved to safety. The man is known to be alone now in what law enforcement described as his “darkened residence.”

Police have said little about the man inside the home — located on Hornbrook Road near Danby — and not disclosed his name.

“Sheriff Lansing reports that incremental steps have been taken to ensure the safety of responding officers while attempting to remove the subject with the least likelihood of injury to him as well,” the statement from the sheriff’s office said.

The following agencies have assisted the investigation, the press release said:

— Ithaca Police Department

— Cornell University Police

— Ithaca College Public Safety

— Ithaca Fire Department

— NYS Police

— NYS Park Police

— Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office

— Pennsylvania State Police

— Syracuse Police Department

— Elmira Police Department

— Broome County Sheriff’s Office

— Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office

— Tompkins County Office of Emergency Management

— Bangs Ambulance

— Guthrie Air

— Tompkins County Mental Health

— Danby Fire Department

— Onondaga EMS

Update early Thursday morning —

The sheriff’s office has issued the following statement:

Update 4:30 p.m. —

Tompkins County law enforcement remain at the scene of a “barricaded subject” near the town of Danby.

Very little information has been released about the investigation. The 911 dispatch center said that the situation has been ongoing since 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Ithaca Journal said earlier today that helicopters could be seen flying overhead in connection with the investigation. 

WHCU’s Lee Rayburn has reported that an “armored tactical truck” was called to the scene.

Emergency responders say more information should be released shortly.

Earlier —

Danby, N.Y. — Law enforcement has been on the scene of a “barricaded subject” near the town of Danby since 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, according to the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center.

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Dispatchers said the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and several other police agencies are at the scene, located on Hornbrook Road.

Residents of the area told The Voice that they saw police on the scene and that they had been asked not to leave their homes.

Hornbrook Road has been shut down starting at its intersection with Danby Road/96B. The street, which runs east to Marsh Road, has been closed since last night, according to dispatchers.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office’s public information officer said she had no information to release at this time.

We’ll be providing updates as more information becomes available.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.