Hurley standoff ends in arrest

A man who allegedly barricaded himself in his estranged wife's house in Hurley, threatening to shoot anyone who came in after him, was arrested Wednesday after a three-hour standoff with police.

The man, 45-year-old Edward Dixon of Sawkill Road in the town of Kingston, was wanted by police for an incident that occurred at his wife's house the previous day, according to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Ulster County police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the house on Kovacs Drive in Hurley. Dixon was not there when police arrived, but an investigation found that he had entered the house without his wife's permission, fought with her in front of two children, and taken her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Deputies got a warrant for Dixon's arrest.

On Wednesday, New York State parole officers, who were also trying to locate Dixon for parole violations, found him back at his estranged wife's house in Hurley. Ulster County sheriff's deputies responded to the house, where they found Dixon barricaded inside, threatening to shoot anyone who came in to arrest him.

After a standoff of roughly three hours, Dixon was taken into custody by the Ulster County Emergency Response Team, and taken to Kingston Hospital where he was admitted for observation. No gun was found in the house.

Dixon is charged with second-degree burglary, endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny. 

No one was harmed in the Hurley incident. But last year, a standoff between an armed man and police in the Delaware County town of Bovina had a more tragic outcome. After taking the occupants of a Bovina house hostage, the gunman, Justin Geraghty, held police at bay for twelve hours before fatally shooting himself.