Police officer shot during standoff in Dutchess County

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A police officer was shot and a man was taken into custody after a violent hourslong standoff in Wappinger.

Officials say they received a call around 7:30 p.m. Monday for a disturbance at 22 Marlorville Road at Route 9D in Wappinger.

When troopers arrived, they found the caller standing in the roadway saying that the suspect, Christopher DeMilio, 47, was inside the home with two children.

As the troopers approached the home, they say DeMilio let the two children out the front door of the residence and went back inside.  Once inside, they say DeMilio fired multiple shots from a second-floor window and then through the front door. One of the rounds grazed the arm of responding Trooper Aaron Tiso.

According to Town Supervisor Richard Thurston, the man's two children were transferred by ambulance away from the scene.

Police say they surrounded the house and negotiations went on for hours as DeMilio continued to fire rounds within the residence. They say they were prepared to use their heavily fortified vehicle "The Rook" to bulldoze their way into the man's home, but they did not end up using it as DeMilio finally surrendered around 2:30 a.m.

DeMilio is charged with five counts of attempted murder for opening fire on police, plus several weapons charges.  He has been remanded without bail to the Dutchess County Jail and is due back in in court on Sept. 9.

The trooper grazed by a bullet was treated and released from Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. Two additional troopers were treated and released for minor injuries.


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