127 Hornbrook Road in Danby in the aftermath of the 61-hour fatal standoff

ITHACA, N.Y. — A request for an independent review of police actions during the 2015 Danby standoff that left a man dead was approved by the Department of Justice.

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Deputy Tompkins County Administrator Paula E. F. Younger told Tompkins Legislatures Tuesday night that after nearly nine months of efforts, the request was finally approved last week.

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“It will be totally independent,” she said about the review.

She said a team of investigators — who have been provided with information about the incident in advance — will spend about 60 days in the county continuing the analyzation of the standoff.

“They’ve made it very clear to us that they’re not putting a rubber stamp on anything,” she said. “They’re coming in with a fresh eye…”

The 61-hour standoff happened after law enforcement officials failed to serve 13 warrants to David Cady in connection with a DWI.

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Cady died of a self-inflicted gunshot after he fired on law enforcement and his family’s home was destroyed.

Younger said the investigation is necessary to rebuild public trust to determine if police acted appropriately during the standoff.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.