A New York mother of two has been left homeless and widowed after an arrest warrant escalated to a 60-hour-long armed standoff between police and a man from Danby, New York.
According to The Ithaca Journal, David M. Cady Jr. pleaded guilty to a DWI charge on Dec. 18, 2013. Since then, he had eluded law enforcement and has missed court dates. Tompkins County Judge John Rowley issued a warrant for his arrest on Aug. 9.
Authorities arrived at Cady’s home in Danby on Dec. 30 to serve the arrest warrant.
The Ithaca Journal reported that Cady fired at police from a window in his home. He then barricaded himself in the home, according to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department.
A total of 18 law enforcement agencies were called in for back up. Sheriff Ken Lansing made the ambitious call to remove Cady from the home through overwhelming force. More than 150 law enforcement and emergency personnel began breaking down the walls of the home.
Authorities found Cady dead at around 8 a.m. on Jan. 2. Sheriff Lansing did not provide an estimate on when Cady had died. According to The Ithaca Journal, an autopsy was conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York on Jan. 3. The preliminary autopsy suggested Cady died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities claimed Cady was known to carry weapons and believed Cady had traveled to Pennsylvania to purchase ammunition. Police claimed to have seen the suspect carrying a long gun inside his home during the standoff and found more guns placed throughout the home, once they entered.
Cady's wife, Melissa, and their two sons were unharmed. They were sent out of the home before the three-day standoff between Cady and the police.
A video posted on YouTube reveals the extensive damage done to the home by authorities during the incident. Sections of walls are missing and some exterior walls are completely gone.
Tompkins County Sheriff's Department issued a statement. “Eventually, law enforcement knew and anticipated needing to enter the residence, in order to take the subject into custody,” the statement said. “Based upon the information being developed through interviews and practices used by other agencies in the past, it became necessary to breach part of the outside area of the house to ensure the safety of all involved."
The home, which was left uninhabitable, was condemned by Danby Code Enforcement. Melissa and her two sons are now homeless.
Danby Federated Church has been helping Melissa and her children through these difficult times.
“She really lost all the stability in her life in one fell swoop, so she will have to go through quite a period of readjustment,” pastor Ed Enstine told The Ithaca Voice. “It’s pretty traumatic — this is awful stuff we’re dealing with.”
The church was planning a dinner to help raise money for the family.
“We’re all just trying to figure out how to do something,” Enstine added. “She’s going to need a lot more than that.”