Suspect Remorseful for Shooting at Police

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM EDT

TOWN OF CONCORD, N.Y. (WKBW) 48-year old Mathew Eck was arraigned Tuesday morning on two counts of attempted first degree murder.

The charges come after Eck fired multiple rounds at police during a standoff that started Sunday night March 16th and lasted for over 12 hours.

As he was taken into court in handcuffs and shackles for his arraignment, Eck told reporters, "I was on moonshine and I had a blackout. I don't really know what I did, to tell you the truth, I don't remember.

When asked if he was sorry, Eck replied, "I'm very sorry. I ruined my whole life and my family's too."

Town of Concord Judge Tim Frank ordered Eck to remain in custody without bail as the case now proceeds to the grand jury.

The judge also ordered Eck to undergo a forensic evaluation to determine his mental health.

The incident began around 9pm Sunday after Mathew Eck had an argument with his family and started shooting off a long rifle both inside and outside his house on Brown Hill Road, Concord.

When veteran Erie County Sheriff deputies Bradford Ballantyne and Jonathan Hanna arrived on scene, Eck shot up their police vehicles and injured one deputy - who had a possible glass fragment in his eye after a bullet struck his windshield.

After a night-long standoff that involved SWAT teams from the Erie County Sheriif's Office, New York State Police, and the FBI; police negotiators were able to convince Eck to surrender peacefully at 9:30am Monday.

Investigators say they found 60 spent shell casing at Ecks' home and they believe 25 of them were fired at police.

Police have not identified the type of weapon that was used, but speculation among officers at the scene said it was either a high-powered rifle or possibly an assault-type rapid-firing gun.

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