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Batavia man charged over 20-hour standoff

"Told officers he wanted them to kill him"
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Posted at 2:55 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 14:59:09-05

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Batavia man at the center of a 20 hour stand-off is now being held without bail.

It all started Monday afternoon (November 18) when the Genesee County Dispatch Center got a call about a domestic situation at 209 Liberty Street in the City of Batavia. According to investigators, the caller said a drunk man hit a woman with a sword. It was also reported that the woman was able to escape from the home. When officers from the Batavia Police Department arrived, they say the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Daniel Wolfe, had barricaded himself inside the home. According to police, Wolfe then started shooting at officers with a BB rifle.

Police then set up a perimeter around the home and neighbors were instructed to shelter in place. Nearby schools, including Jackson Primary, which is a few blocks away, were informed about the escalating situation.

Soon after, negotiators with Batavia Police were also called to the scene, along with the Batavia Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), New York State Police and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office/K9 Unit and the state's Department of Environmental Conservation K9 Unite.

Police say negotiators made contact with Wolfe who repeatedly told them he wanted officers to kill him, and that he would not come out of the house.

The Genesee County Sheriff's K9 handler attempted to send in his dog Frankie to safely take Wolfe into custody. That's when investigators say Wolfe attempted to slash Frankie with a knife and the handler immediately pulled Frankie back to safety. The dog was not injured.

According to officers, several options were used to try and get Wolfe to surrender, including the launching of chemical agents into the home.

After approximately 20 hours, Wolfe surrendered to police. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for self-inflicted injuries. No one else was hurt in this incident.

Wolfe has since been released from the hospital. He's now facing a number of charges, including Menacing, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Harassment. He's due back in court on November 21 at 11:00 AM.