January 1, 2016, 2:34pm
Statement From Wellsville Police Chief Tim O’Grady:
This morning (1/1/17) at approximately 5:19a.m. the Wellsville Police Department, with the assistance of the New York State Police, responded to a Franklin Street residence for a domestic dispute involving a firearm. Upon arrival police were advised that the male who was involved in the dispute had fled the residence. Shortly thereafter, information was obtained that the male had attained another firearm from an unknown source and was on his way back to the residence. Officers intercepted the male in the backyard of his Franklin Street home where he was found to be in possession of a loaded shotgun. The male ignored repeated commands from the officers to drop the gun and a stand-off ensued in the backyard for approximately 4 hours. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police Negotiation teams, as well as two State Police K-9 units were called in to assist. Through the efforts of the entire law enforcement team, the male peacefully surrendered and was transported by Wellsville Ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital for evaluation. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending. Also assisting at the scene were the Bolivar and Alfred State College-University Police Departments.
UPDATE: January 2, 6:43am
The suspect’s identity was released: Edward J. Shea III, age 36 from Wellsville, was charged with Harassment in the 2nd degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Menacing in the 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest and Menacing a Police Officer (class D felony). Shea was arraigned by Justice Ames in the Town of Scio Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.