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An Assessment of the December Standoff in Danby

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In the aftermath of December's 61-hour-standoff on Hornbrook Road in Danby between David Cady and police, officials are taking the opportunity to look back and assess how they handled the situation.

The public presentation was held earlier this evening through the Tompkins County Public Safety Committee. The report detailed that 37 year old Cady had fired a single shot that struck the ground near officers when they attempted to take him into custody December 30th of this past year. Because he was armed, officials did not enter his house, resulting in the standoff. But the standoff ended three days later after police tore away the walls with an armored vehicle and Cady was found dead due to a self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Among many things detailed in the 34 page report, officials noted that there were multiple factors that went into the cost of the operation--including the need for personnel around the clock and equipment not readily available to them--like robots, armored vehicles and a helicopter. The Undersheriff says the goal of the operation was simple and straightforward.

Undersheriff Brian Robison, said: "To achieve a peaceful surrender by Mr. Cady, to ensure that he could not escape from the scene and possibly cause injury or death to others, and to protect the health and safety of the officers involved."

Also contributing to the report at tonight's meeting were Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing, and Ithaca Police Department Lt. Jacob Young and Senior Investigator Mike Gray.