Penfield standoff wraps up after more than 24 hours

Updated: June 30, 2020 07:06 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 05:08 PM

PENFIELD, N.Y. (WHEC) — A standoff that lasted more than 24 hours has wrapped up in Penfield peacefully.

It began just after 4 p.m. Monday after a 40 to 60-year-old man made threats against his parole officer.


The suspect has been identified 51-year old Benjamin Smith, and authorities say he has a lengthy criminal history.

Deputies say they were threatened by Smith with Molotov cocktails and a bow and arrows, as well as attacked with them. They say one of the Molotov cocktails burned a car on the property.

The situation ended peacefully with the help of SWAT just after 4 p.m., when Smith gave up and walked out the front door of the home on Route 250 in Penfield.

Smith was taken to the hospital, according to Deputy Chief Michael Fowler for several days of mental evaluations before he will face charges for this incident.

Smith and the deputies made contact after several hours of Smith refusing to cooperate, lost it during Monday night, then regained it.

"So at 10 o'clock when he started communicating again it wasn't very productive but it did have a little different tone to it," Fowler said. "It was less threatening on the tone and that worked in our favor. We were able to get to the point we are now."

The bomb squad will enter the house and clear it of any traps. They will remain on scene for several hours.

Fowler says the result of that will determine what charges may be filed against him.

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