Man who held police at bay charged with five counts of attempted murder

(photo: Special to Mid-Hudson News by Action News Service)

WAPPINGER – The Wappinger man who held police at bay for seven hours overnight into Tuesday morning has been charged with five counts of attempted murder.

State Police also charged Christopher DeMilio, 47, with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was sent to the Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady said the “is ongoing and my office will continue to work with the State Police and provide them with whatever legal assistance is needed.  At this point, it would be premature to discuss the case any further.”

On Tuesday, several investigators were at the scene continuing to collect evidence.

When police arrived at the scene at 22 Marlorville Road in the Town of Wappinger around 7:30 p.m. Monday, they found the person who had called 911 to report a disturbance outside. As troopers approached the home, DeMilio let the two children who were with him out the front door and then went back inside where he began shooting at police from a second-floor window and then the front door. One round grazed the arm of State Trooper Aaron Tiso who is assigned to the Wappinger barracks.

Following hours of negotiations with DeMilio continuing to fire rounds from inside the house, surrendered around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police made no mention of the type of gun the suspect possessed and if he was licensed to carry a handgun.

During the initial hours of the incident, sources said DeMilio secured a police radio and was cursing at officers over the air.

Once the two children, young boys, were safely removed from the area, they could be seen along with a woman in an ambulance being examined.

Video: Action News Service for Mid-Hudson News


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