Arrest Made in Ithaca Wal-Mart Parking Lot HomicidePosted: Updated:
Ithaca Police have arrested the man accused of shooting and killing a 52-year-old Candor man in an Ithaca Wal-Mart parking lot early Thursday.
Justin Barkley, 38, of the Town of Dryden, has been charged with second degree murder (a Class A-1 Felony) in the death of William Schumacher. Barkley was arraigned in Ithaca City Court in front of Judge Scott Miller on Thursday.
Schumacher was a driver for UPS. In a written statement, a spokesperson for the company responded:
"UPS is saddened by the tragic death of a seasonal tractor trailer driver who was the victim of a shooting in Ithaca, New York early this morning. UPS is cooperating with local authorities who are investigating."
Police say an investigation has determined the men did not know each other prior to the incident.
Ithaca Police say they responded to the report of a shooting in the parking lot at 135 Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway around 12:52 a.m. Thursday. When they got there, police say they found Schumacher dead. They say the suspect had fled the scene before police arrived.
According to Ithaca Police, the Cayuga Heights Police and the deputies of the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department saw a vehicle matching a reported description traveling northbound on Route 13.
Officials say officers attempted to stop the vehicle, near the intersection of Route 13 and Route 366, but Barkley resisted and pulled into a driveway approximately a 1/4 mile away.
Police say Barkley exited the vehicle with a long gun and shot at officers as he made his way into what they believed to be his home in the 1200 block of Dryden Road. No officers were reported injured.
Police then secured and sealed off the area -- closing down a section of the road and evacuating neighbors.
"We had inserted a robot into the residence and we were able to actually get a dialogue going. And as a result of that dialogue, via a skilled negotiator, the suspect surrendered peacefully," said Ithaca Police Chief John Barber.
Barber said Barkley surrendered shortly before 10:00 a.m., after more than seven hours of the standoff. The chief said no one else was reported inside the residence at the time.
The area closed off has since been reopened.
The Ithaca Police Department says the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Cayuga Heights Police Department, Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, Syracuse Police Department, and the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office assisted.
Authorities do not believe there are any other suspects.
Barkley is being held in Tompkins County Jail without bail.
He is scheduled to return to court on December 14th.