Update (10:25 p.m.): Southampton Town Police Thursday night identified the man involved in the standoff on Grove Street in Riverhead as Devan Thomas, 23, of Ridge.
Police said Thomas on Wednesday night at about 7 p.m. caused a disturbance at the residence of a female victim in Flanders. During the disturbance the victim heard what sounded like a gunshot and called police, according to a Southampton Town Police press release. Southampton Police responded to the call but were unable to locate Thomas.
On Thursday, Southampton Police learned that Thomas was at a residence in Riverhead, the release said. Southampton Town Patrol Units, Southampton Town Detective Division, with the assistance of Riverhead Police, New York State Police and Suffolk County Emergency Services, responded to the residence and requested Thomas to surrender to authorities, police said. Thomas was subsequently taken in to custody without incident after several hours of negotiating with him., according to the report.
Thomas was charged with Prohibited Use and Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, police said.
Original story: A reportedly armed man has been taken into custody after a day-long standoff with police at a house on Grove Street in Riverhead.
Riverhead, Southampton, Suffolk County and State Police surrounded the home, located in a residential neighborhood off Doctors Path. Grove Street was closed to traffic.
The suspect was involved in a shooting incident in Southampton’s jurisdiction last night and Riverhead Police were called to the home on Grove Street, reportedly the home of the suspect’s relatives, at about 7:45 this morning, according to radio reports. It is not clear whether the home was occupied by anyone but the suspect during the incident.
Suffolk County Emergency Services set up a command post at the scene as a county police negotiator spoke with the suspect on the telephone.
The Southampton Town Police public information office could not be reached for comment.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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