Wellsville Man Charged After Four Hour Stand-Off With Police


Wellsville Police responded to a residence on Franklin Street in Wellsville just after 5 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a domestic dispute involving a firearm.

When officers arrived they learned the male who was involved in the dispute had fled and he had secured another firearm and was on his way back to the residence on Franklin Street.

That’s when officers stopped Edward Shea III, 36, of Wellsville, in the backyard where he was found to be in possession of a loaded shotgun.

The report said Shea ignored repeated commands from officers to drop the gun, his refusal to cooperate lead to a 4 hour stand-off with police.

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police Negotiation teams, as well as two K-9 units were called in to assist.

Shea surrendered peacefully after working with various law enforcement officers and was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Shea is charged with Harassment, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Menacing a Police Officer. He was taken to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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