Standoff in Suffern; barricaded person taken into custody

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photo 1SUFFERN – Members of Rockland County’s SWAT team were able to take 39-year-old Timothy Murphy into custody without injuries in an incident involving a standoff in Suffern Monday night, according to Suffern police.

Police issued a community alert just before 8 p.m. to advise residents of an ongoing incident on Washington Avenue near the Suffern Police Department. By about 8:30 p.m., another alert was sent out to advise residents the “situation is under control.”

Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said the incident involved a barricaded person at a residence where a weapon was present. He said it’s now safe for residents in the area to resume normal activities.

The SWAT team mobilized and made entry into the apartment and took the person, a 39-year-old man into custody. Upon receiving a search warrant Suffern PD located an AK-47 assault rifle and a .22 caliber handgun as well as a small amount of marijuana.

photo 2Due to the volatility of this situation SPD sent out a NY Alert call through the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department Communications Division to notify residents within one mile of the house to avoid the area of this location and stay indoors until the matter came to a conclusion. The suspect was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, third degree, one count of criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He was arraigned and sent to the Rockland County Jail on $10,000 bail. Chief Osborn said, “We would like to thank all the departments who participated in this situation with the SWAT team as well as the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and the Rockland Paramedics for their assistance.”

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