Police ID and Arrest Standoff Suspect
Written by Dan Fischer on November 20, 2019
On November 18, 2019 at approximately 1:18 PM, the Genesee County Dispatch Center received a domestic call at 209 Liberty Street. The caller reported that an intoxicated male struck a female and the male was in possession of a sword. It was also reported that the female was able to escape the residence. Officers from the Batavia Police Department arrived on scene and encountered the male who had barricaded himself inside the residence. The female was located and found safe at a neighbor’s home. The suspect, who remained inside the house, began shooting at officers with a BB rifle.
Immediately, the Batavia Police Department set up a perimeter around the residence and neighbors were told to shelter in place. The Batavia City School District was informed of the incident so appropriate measures could be taken to ensure the safety of the students, including the students attending the Jackson Primary school located a few blocks away.
Batavia Police Negotiators were called to the scene along with the Batavia Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), the New York State Police, and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office / K9 Unit and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation K9 Unit.
Negotiators were able to make verbal contact with the suspect who was identified as Daniel Wolfe, age 45, who resided at 209 Liberty Street in the upstairs apartment. Wolfe repeatedly told negotiators that he wanted officers to kill him. He refused officers commands to come out of the house.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s K9 handler attempted to send in Frankie inside to safely take Wolfe into custody. Wolfe then attempted to slash Frankie with a knife, and the handler pulled Frankie back to safety.
Wolfe continued to tell officers, throughout the incident, that he wanted officers to kill him, and he threatened to shoot officers. Several options were tried to get Wolfe to surrender that included the launching of chemical agents into the residence and the use of robots/drones to determine where he was in the residence. Other negotiating and swat teams were called in to assist.
After approximately 20 hours, Wolfe exited the residence and surrendered to Detective Sargent Kevin Czora of the Batavia Police Department. Wolfe was transported to Strong Hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident. These injuries were self-inflicted. All officers on scene, and civilians in the neighborhood, were unharmed during this incident.
Wolfe was later released from Strong Hospital, at which time he was arrested by Batavia Police Department on Criminal Contempt 1st, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Menacing 2nd, and harassment 2nd.
Wolfe was arraigned in Batavia City Court on November 19, 2019 and is being held without bail at the Genesee County Jail. He will re-appear in Batavia City Court on November 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Additional charges are pending at this time.
The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Orleans County SWAT, New York State Police troopers, negotiators, drone unit, K9 unit and SORT teams, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation K9 Unit, Monroe County Crisis Negotiating Team, Genesee County Emergency Management, Genesee County Dispatch Center, City of Batavia Fire Department, Mercy EMS, and the numerous citizens who supported the efforts, both on the scene and in the days following this incident.