Crisis team works with police to de-escalate situation

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The Field Court house where police were falsely told of an armed, barricaded subject.

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Town police responded to a request for a welfare check on a resident of Field Court on Sunday night at approximately 10:12 p.m.  As patrol officers were responding, additional information was dispatched that the man was possibly armed with a firearm.

Additional officers responded to the area and contacted the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT).  Officers staged in front of the residence, located a few hundred yards from the Courtyard hotel where a homicide had occurred earlier in the day.  The officers were observed carrying rifles in front of the residence.

Town of Poughkeepsie Police Lieutenant Patrick Barry told Mid-Hudson News that the MCIT said they had contact with the man earlier in the day and they “provided valuable information that lessened the higher threat call that was initially taken.”

The initial radio transmissions indicated that the suspect was barricaded in the house and he was located in a bathroom or bedroom, armed with a gun, which was reported by Mid-Hudson News.

Lt. Barry added, “Investigation also found that the report of any armed subjects at the residence was false, saying, “Officers arrived on scene, attempted to make contact, and determined no further police contact was necessary.”

The police concluded their actions at 11:43 p.m., 90 minutes after the original call for service was received.