East Fishkill man who held cops at bay fired from Metro-North job


NEW YORK – Donald Lemish, the Hopewell Junction man who engaged local police in a standoff at his home in February, has been terminated from his job as a Metro-North training officer.

Lemish, 51, allegedly choked a prostitute unconscious at his home and then threatened her with a gun when she came to.

“When we became aware of this incident, the employee was immediately removed from service,” said MTA spokeswoman Joana Flores.

Lemish had reportedly pointed a rifle at officers during the standoff. That weapon turned out to be an air rifle.

He was charged with menacing a police officer, strangulation, menacing, attempted assault, and unlawful imprisonment.

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