Cazenovia man faces multiple charges in standoff

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VILLAGE OF CAZENOVIA — The Madison County man accused of holding off law enforcement officers for nearly 24 hours late last week has been identified as 38-year-old Cyril Gatewood.

Village police said they were called to a residence on Carriage Lane at about 6 p.m. Thursday for reports that Gatewood, age 38, of 57 Nelson St., had armed himself with multiple knives and throwing hatchets. Police said Gatewood has prior military experience, and he threatened to harm himself and police officers.

Authorities said there had been a domestic dispute at the residence several weeks prior and an order of protection had been filed to keep Gatewood away from the residence.

Police said Gatewood barricaded himself inside the residence Thursday night and used throwing knives to keep the officers at bay.

Negotiations lasted through the night, with several law enforcement agencies providing relief and manpower. Village Police Chief Michael A. Hayes said several local businesses also provided food and drink to the more than 60 officers total who were involved.

The standoff came to a peaceful end at about 4 p.m. Friday, when authorities said Gatewood voluntarily surrendered.

Police said Gatewood has been charged with felony burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt and more. He is scheduled to appear in court.

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