Man taken into custody after Watertown standoff
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A man has been taken into custody after a standoff Thursday morning in Watertown.
It started with an early morning message for Joshuah L. Degroodt, 28, on North Michigan Avenue.
Authorities continued to tell Degroodt they had a warrant for him.
Neighborhood security footage shows the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded with its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle.
Watertown City Police and New York State Parole were also on the scene.
Lieutenant Jason Badalato said a negotiator and special response team had to be called in because Degroodt refused to leave the home.
Eventually, the situation ended peacefully with Degroodt in custody.
This happened around 8 a.m. Lt. Badalato said Degroodt exited the home at 10:03.
Neighbors say U.S. Marshals were involved as well, and they were impressed with the way local police helped them.
Lt. Badalato said charges are pending from the incident.
7 News has reached out to the U.S. Marshals Service. We’ll update this story if we hear back.
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