No charges yet for alleged Route 32 South shooter in New Paltz

New Paltz and State Police officers blocked off traffic after a gunman barricaded himself in a house. He was later shot by a New Paltz Police officer and flown to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. (David Warg/Owl Ridge Studios)

(David Warg/Owl Ridge Studios)

The person who was injured during the October 24 standoff at the corner of Route 32 South and Brookside Road in New Paltz will not be charged with any crimes at least until he is released from the hospital, according to information released by the Ulster County District Attorney’s office, nor will his name be released. The man, who according to some reports is 60 years old, is in critical but stable condition at an area hospital after having sustained a gunshot wound.

The incident was preceded by police responding to a domestic dispute call around midnight, but not finding the suspect at home until around three in the morning, when he called to threaten them. Three New Paltz police vehicles, and one of the sheriff’s, were damaged by gunfire according to Police Chief Joseph Snyder, when the suspect shot at officers, and one returned fire. It’s not known if the officer’s round injured the suspect, but that is also being investigated. The 14-year veteran has been suspended during the investigation, as is standard protocol, but the officer’s name has not been released.

Portions of both streets were closed for some 15 hours during the operation and its aftermath, and social media was afire with purported reports of what was occurring. No motive has been suggested for the incident.


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