On February 1, the New York State Police arrested Stewart M. Mercay, age 70, of Dover, for Attempted Murder in the 1st degree, a class A-I felony, and Attempted Murder 2nd degree, a class B felony, following a standoff with police.
At approximately 1:45 a.m., Troopers responded to Cedar Lane in Wingdale for a report of a male subject, later identified as Stewart Mercay, who reportedly fired two shotgun rounds through the living room window of his neighbor’s house. Mercay retreated to his house and then refused to exit. Subsequently, members of the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Unit, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, and Northern Dutchess Paramedics responded to the scene.
The State Police attempted negotiations with Mercay for nearly eleven hours before he was taken into custody. Investigation found Mercay vented propane gas from the kitchen stove, and lit a candle before exiting through a rear door, placing law enforcement in danger of an explosion.
Mercay was arraigned before the town of Dover Court by the Honorable Judge Abrams, and was remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail.