Police respond to standoff in Fleming, resolved peacefully

Brian Thompson

Authorities say a 51-year-old man is in custody after being subdued by police to end a five-hour armed standoff at his home along Poplar Court Road in the Town of Fleming.

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office says 911 dispatchers received a call at 3:08 p.m. Thursday reporting that Brian Thompson was and might hurt himself. The call reported that Thompson had a gun at his home.

Officials say Thompson fired a shotgun several times inside and outside the house over the next five hours. Dozens of homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

Deputies say Thompson came outside several times during negotiations, sometimes armed with his shotgun. No one was hurt during the incident.

Officials say he came out of the house around 8:15 p.m. unarmed and police used a non-lethal projectile to incapacitate him.

According to Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould, Thompson was also stunned. He was taken to University Hospital in Syracuse to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff Gould says Thompson was arrested Wednesday and released, which might have triggered the standoff.

Thompson was charged with menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.

Thompson was released from the hospital Friday morning. He was then arraigned in the Town of Fleming Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail without bail.

Deputies say that the investigation is continuing and further charges are pending.

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