New Scotland man arrested after brief stand-off with police

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

NEW SCOTLAND — After a brief stand-off with police on Friday, July 5, a 32-year-old New Scotland man faces domestic violence charges, according to a release from the Albany County Sheriff's Office.

Police responded to a domestic-dispute call at a New Salem Road home where, the complainant alleged, Keith R. Edwards shoved her multiple times, the release said, adding that, as she tried to call police, Edwards took her phone and threw it, and also removed fuses from her car to disable it.

Inspector J.T. Campbell, the Clarksville Patrol Station Commander of the sheriff's office, told The Enterprise that police responded to the victim’s call but he did not know if she had used another phone.

Edwards barricaded himself in the home, Campbell said, where guns were known to be present. Campbell did not know how many guns were in the home or what types. 

Two or three sheriff’s deputies and two state troopers set up a perimeter around the house, according to Campbell, and, after about 10 to 15 minutes, a negotiator convinced Edwards to come out of the home unarmed. 

Edwards was arrested without incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief; third-degree criminal tampering; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. All are misdemeanors. Endangering the welfare of a child can mean that a child witnessed a crime.

Edwards was arraigned in New Scotland Town Court on Saturday and was released on his own recognizance, Campbell said, “and I believe an order of protection was issued.”

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