Tompkins Sheriff says barricaded subject died from self-inflicted gunshot wound

January 6, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

David Cady, who barricaded himself inside his Danby home when Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant, died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a preliminary autopsy. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department says the autopsy was conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton after a stand-off ended on Friday morning.

In a media release, the Sheriff's Department says "Cady possessed multiple firearms, ammunition, and had been traveling to Pennsylvania to purchase ammunition in preparation for a possible stand-off with police. Cady also reportedly told outside sources that he was not willing to go back to jail."

The incident began when Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant on the evening of Tuesday, December 30th, at Cady's residence on Hornbrook Road in the Town of Danby. The warrant had been issued last fall after the man reportedly failed to make a scheduled court appearance in a felony DWI case.

Sheriff's Department officials and personnel from other area law enforcement agencies and the Tompkins County District Attorney's office made "constant efforts" to communicate with the subject "through the use of a land-line, cell phone, and other law enforcement equipment," the release says. Law enforcement officials negotiated with Cady to remove his wife and two children from the premises early in the stand-off, but he refused to come out, the Sheriff's Department had said last week. "The suspect barricaded himself inside of his darkened residence. A firearm was discharged from the house at a patrol vehicle," officials reported.

The Sheriff's Department says as they made plans to enter the residence to take the subject into custody, "it became necessary to breach part of the outside area of the house to ensure the safety of all involved." The resulting damage to the house has left it unsuitable for Cady's family to live in without repairs.

Sheriff Lansing says that "Efforts to raise funds for David Cady's family are being taken on by the Danby Federated Church. Any donations that the community members would like to make should be made out to Danby Federated Church 1859 Danby Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850."

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