Man In Military Gear Gets In Hours-Long Standoff With Police In Putnam County

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November 24, 2019 - 4:40 pm

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A man in military gear barricaded himself in a Putnam County home after officers responded to a domestic incident, leading to a near-seven-hour standoff before he finally surrendered, according to police.

Police say Alexander Booth, 28, broadcasted his confrontation on Instagram under the handle @whiskey_warrior_556 as commenters urged him to stay inside the home where he was holed up in Mahopac.

The standoff started shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday and lasted until 9 p.m., when police say Booth walked out of the home.

Town of Carmel Police Chief Michael Cazzari says social media made the resolution of the standoff more difficult.

“The negotiators were very close a few times in getting the individual to come out of the residence peacefully,” Cazzari told NBC4. “And the posts that were on Instagram were just inciting him.”

Sources told NBC4 that Booth suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and that officers were aware of that as they negotiated with him.