Watertown man arrested after 3 hour standoff in Cortlandville

Police have a suspect with a weapon surrounded on the corner of Hillside Dr. and Homer Rd. in Cortland.

A Watertown man is in custody following a three hour standoff in Cortlandville.

New York State Police at Homer responded to 1216 Hillcrest Drive in the town of Cortlandville at approximately 6pm after receiving a report about a suspect threatening another man at the residence with a handgun.

The suspect was identified as John Downes, 55, of Watertown.

According to undersheriff Barnhart, Downes was not holding anyone captive.

"Hopefully it will resolve itself but safety is our number one concern," says Barnhart.

After a three hour standoff, Downes left the home and was taken into custody, according to police. He was arrested for Menacing 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree.