Cortland Standoff Suspect Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot WoundPosted: Updated:
The suspect who engaged in a standoff with police at the Cortland Hampton Inn died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound on Sunday. Police say Corey J Hobart of Conklin was unresponsive when they forced their way into after the 24 hour standoff. He was transferred to SUNY Upstate Medical Center where he later died of his injury.
The situation first unfolded around 3am on Friday, when Broome County Sheriff officers spotted Hobart at the Johnson City Walmart. The sheriff's office says Hobart was wanted on a parole warrant. According to police, he fled with a female in the car with him, later identified as Jeri Ann Healy.
The pursuit led up 81 and to the Hampton Inn where Hobart got out of the car, pointing a handgun at Healy and police. The two entered the hotel and locked themselves in a hotel room already reserved under Healy's name. The hotel was immediately evacuated.
Police presence at Hampton Inn in Cortland. The hotel has been evacuated and a suspect is inside. Sheriff and state police are on scene. The media is being kept at a distance. pic.twitter.com/4NGZ2pPD3I— Amy Hogan (@AmyHoganTV) May 25, 2018
Police determined Healy is an acquaintance of Hobart's, but was being held against her will. After seven hours of negotiations, Hobart released Healy from the room and she was taken to safety. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Police in armor and a helmet just drove by and headed toward the hotel on foot.— Amy Hogan (@AmyHoganTV) May 25, 2018
Negotiations continued with Hobart, who police say had two handguns and a long gun in the room with him, until he stopped responding around 1:30am on Saturday. At that point, police began to enter the hotel. At 3am they got into the room and found Hobart unresponsive in the bathroom with a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.
Police say no hotel guests were injured and the Hampton Inn staff helped law enforcement throughout the incident.
The investigation is still ongoing. The Cortland Police Department is heading up the investigation with assistance from the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, the Broome County Sheriff's Department, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Police, the Ithaca Police Department, the Syracuse Police Department, the FBI, the New York State Parole, the Cortland Fire Department, the Endicott Police Department, the Homer Police Department, and TLC ambulance.