Updated 03/12/2013 04:00 PM
Man Arraigned After Victor Standoff
The man involved in a 12-hour standoff Monday in Victor was arraigned in Canandaigua City Court on Tuesday morning. Ryan Whidden, 31, is being charged with criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Monday's incident.
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The Ontario County Sheriff's Office says it all started when neighbors called 911 Monday morning, reporting that a man was firing shots in the neighborhood.
Sheriff Phil Povero says Ryan Whidden, 31, who does not have a pistol permit, used a .40 caliber handgun to fire several shots at cars parked in the driveway. When police arrived on scene they believed Nina Whidden, Ryan's wife, was inside the house with him.
Povero says federal, state, county and local police agencies surrounded the house and began trying to contact Ryan Whidden. Neighbors were evacuated or told to stay inside. Victor schools went into lockout.
"My mom was home and was going to take me to get my learner's permit," said neighbor Ethan Cramer. "They were in lockdown in the neighborhood, shortly after they put my school in lockout, so I couldn't leave. She couldn't come get me."
Throughout the day, police called Whidden, emailed him, and tried having friends and family reach out to him. Povero said they saw early posts of his on Facebook and tried to reach him there. Whidden never responded.
The Sheriff said deputies had been called to the house for domestic incidents before but no one had ever been arrested and no charges were ever filed.
"Time is our ally in these situations," said Povero.
Povero said at one point, there were probably 50 to 60 first responders on scene and they brought with them the latest in police technology. Various robots helped police determine where Whidden was and where he was not. Povero said the two had been hiding in a closet.
After almost 12 hours, police decided to throw in tear gas and the Whiddens finally walked out the front door. Sheriff Povero said they don't even have an estimate yet of how much this response costs the agencies involved, but says the number will be high. He's just grateful no one was hurt.
"What I think is so important is that this all came together in a way that we had set out in our plan – that our officers were trained for, utilizing equipment that was purchased for this operation," said Povero. A situation that erupted in violence, that potentially could've cost lives, was resolved in a way without injury to anybody."
Sheriff Povero and Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride say the grand jury will get this case and there will likely be more charges, including reckless endangerment.
Whidden is being held on $250,000 cash bail, $500,000 bond. He's due in Victor Town court Thursday.
Whidden's wife is not being charged with anything at this time.