81-year-old man in custody after armed standoff in Oneida Castle

Standoff in the Villiage of Oneida Castle

Police say an armed standoff at a home in the Villiage of Oneida Castle ended peacefully after about ten hours.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says police responded around 1 a.m. Monday to a report of a man with a gun at a home at 76 West 7th Street in the Village of Oneida Castle, 25 miles east of Syracuse.

Deputies say 81-year-old Garth E. Brink had been threatening to harm himself and a woman inside the home. Police say the man has a long gun.

Law enforcement was unable to enter the home and a stand off ensued. Police say the woman was able to get out of the house safely.

Deputies say Brink discharged a 12 gauge shotgun out the front window of the residence at about 4:30 a.m.

Neighbors were evacuated around 4:30 a.m. and traffic was being diverted away from the dead-end street were the home is located.

State police and sheriff's deputies negotiated with the man. The standoff ended around 11:30 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident.

Brink was charged with felony reckless endangerment in the first degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Floyd Court and sent to Oneida County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

Deputies say that during the standoff, around 4:00 a.m. Brink's son, 52-year-old Steven L. Brink, of Hamilton, arrived on the scene. He attempted to push past officers on the scene and approach the home. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration, and resisting arrest. Steven L. Brink was arraigned in the Vernon Court and sent to Oneida County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)