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January 14, 2014

Ellenburg man barricades himself in home

ELLENBURG — Authorities say Walter C. Goss faces several charges after barricading himself in his home and threatening to shoot police.

State Police said Monday that at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, they received a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on State Route 11 in Ellenburg.

Goss, 28, his girlfriend and his mother were arguing over various issues, according to Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

“The mother told Goss she was going to call the police, and then he made comments to her that he would shoot any police who responded,” she said via email.

She then left the home, Fleishman said, and Goss barricaded himself in with his girlfriend, who also lives at that address.

State Police responded and established a perimeter, and soon after, Goss left the residence and surrendered.

During a subsequent search of the home, troopers located a 12-gauge shotgun, State Police said.

Goss was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, due to a previous felony conviction; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and unlawfully growing cannabis, a violation of the Public Health Law.

He was arraigned in Ellenburg Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail on no bail.

He is due back in court on Thursday, Jan. 16.

State Police were assisted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Border Patrol.

The home where Goss barricaded himself is located across from NBT Bank, and that site, along with the presence of so many law-enforcement officers, led locals to wonder Friday if there had been a bank heist.

Email Lois Clermontlclermont@pressrepublican.com.

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