Alleged gunman found dead after Bovina hostage situation

By Erika Mahoney
By Chelsea Bishop
By Brandi Bailey
By Conor Mooney

August 11, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM EDT

Bovina, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The lockdown in the small community of Bovina Center was lifted after an alleged gunman shot himself, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

At about 1 p.m. Sunday, crews responded to 1090 Highway 5 in the town of Bovina after receiving reports of a person being held at gunpoint.

According to the Action News crew on scene, police had blocked off parts of the road and were trying to communicate with a man inside the house via bull horn.

Officials said that the man, Justin E. Geraghty, 32, had been involved in a domestic incident at a home nearby. He emerged from a wooded area behind the property and then took the homeowners hostage.

Soon after, he let the hostages go but barricaded himself inside the home, threatening to kill any law enforcement officer that approached him.

Officials threw tear gas into the home after hours of unsuccessful negotiations.

Crews lost communication and law enforcement searched the home to find Geraghty dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officials lifted the alert for people in Bovina to stay indoors and keep doors locked that was issued during the incident.

Members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office were assisted by New York State Police Special Operations Response Team, Mobile Response Team, Aviation Unit, K9 Unit, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police, Walton Village Police, Delaware County Department of Emergency Services, Bovina and Delhi Fire Departments and Cooperstown Medical Transport.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said Geraghty was wanted for a parole violation and had been previously charged by Delhi police with burglary, assault and petty larceny.

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