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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Elmiran charged after New Year's day standoff

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  • A man is facing multiple charges for allegedly assaulting a woman and then barricading himself inside an apartment during a standoff with police on New Year's Day in Elmira.
    Paul Turner, 32, was charged with second-degree attempted assault, a Class E felony; second-degree menacing, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a Class A misdemeanor.
    Elmira police say they responded to the upper apartment at 327 E. Center St. – off Clemens Center Parkway near the Elmira Wegmans – shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday for a disturbance involving an intoxicated man and a female, according to a news release from Capt. Joseph Cane.
    According to police, Turner assaulted the female inside the apartment, and she was then able to escape and call police. Arriving officers saw Turner throw a blue recycling bin at the victim and then retreat inside the apartment.
    Officers confronted Turner, but he barricaded himself inside the apartment and made verbal threats to officers, saying he was armed with various weapons, according to police.
    Members of the EPD's Detective Bureau, Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT team responded and talks continued with Turner, but he refused to surrender and ceased communications with police.
    Elmira police then "utilized various tactics in an attempt to gain Turner's compliance and surrender," according to the news release, and he exited the apartment shortly after 3 p.m. and was taken into custody.
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