Man in custody after standoff

JOHNSTOWN – City police peacefully took a man on Gilbert Street into custody late Wednesday night after a 90-minute standoff and had him transported to a psychiatric facility for mental health observation.

Lt. David Gilbo said Friday the incident occurred at about 10 p.m. Wednesday and was concluded at about 11:30 p.m. at a residence at 20 Gilbert St. The identity of the man, who Gilbo said faces pending charges, was not released by police.

Gilbo said a 911 call came about a man “threatening to hurt himself.” He said when city police arrived, they found the man had barricaded himself in his basement. He claimed to have weapons and a booby trap set, and he was threatening to “harm officers.”

Gilbo said the block where the house was – at the corner of Gilbert and Meadow streets – was blocked off. He said state police arrived as backup and the local Emergency Response Team – a tactical unit that includes Gloversville police officers – was employed.

He said the man at the end of the standoff appeared unarmed on some stairs at the residence, and descended them. But he said the man changed his mind and started to go back up the stairs, at which point officers took him into custody. He was then taken away for psychological evaluation.

Gilbo said he wasn’t sure if the man lived at the 20 Gilbert St. address. He declined to say whether any other people were in the home at the time of the standoff.

The Emergency Response Team cleared the residence and found a pellet rifle, but no booby trap, Gilbo said.