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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Man arrested after armed standoff in Wyoming County

A Bliss man faces several charges following a brief standoff on Route 39 in the Town of Eagle. At approximately 4:00 p.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to a 911 call of a male subject who was intoxicated and was out of control.
Upon arrival it was determined that Joseph Smith, 46 had a verbal altercation with a female and that he had allegedly smashed out a window at the residence. Captain Till attempted to establish contact with Smith who was believed to be barricaded in a room with several firearms with negative results. Approximately 10 people who were present were evacuated from the home and yard until the situation was under control and Route 39 was barricaded off for approximately 30 minutes. During the standoff, Smith exited this room armed with a firearm and retreated back into it once he observed Captain Till and Trooper Askey who had taken up tactical positions near the residence.
Shortly after a friend of Joe’s established telephone contact with Smith and he agreed to surrender. Smith was treated at the Wyoming County Community Hospital for a minor heat related issue and was released.
Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief, and Harassment. He was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Justice Court at which time he was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail in which he has since posted.
Captain TILL was assisted at the scene by Deputies Samuel WEST, John BUTTON, Renee FICARELLA, Troopers Sherry ASKEY and Matthew BREWER along with the Bliss Fire Department and Bliss Ambulance.