Three in custody after shooting leads to standoff in Massena
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:55 pm

MASSENA – Three people are in custody after a 19-year-old fired a shotgun at two people and at least four police agencies responded to a standoff at 66 Liberty Ave. earlier today.

According to Police Chief Timmy J. Currier, Devian J. Fletcher, New York City, was taken into custody along with two other people following the incident that began at 11:25 a.m.

Assistant St. Lawrence County District Attorney Andrew Botts is at the Massena police station conferring with police investigators to determine what charges will be brought, Currier said. The other two suspects were not immediately identified by police.

Massena police first received a 911 report of a gunshot at 72 Maple St., but ultimately police converged upon 66 Liberty Ave. and were joined by several police agencies including the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, State Police, New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the United States Border Patrol.

After some time, and with the assistance of state police negotiators, Fletcher was taken into custody. Police have two other people in custody at this time.

The incident began when Fletcher approached the passenger side of a vehicle in the driveway at 72 Maple St. and fired a handgun towards the two occupants of the vehicle, Currier said. Neither occupant was shot, but the occupant in the front passenger seat was injured by breaking glass.

The people who were shot at then came to the Massena police station, Currier said. The injured person was transported by Massena Rescue Squad to Massena Memorial Hospital and was treated and released.

Police have recovered the weapon believed to have been used. It is a 22 caliber handgun, Currier said.

This investigation in continuing and ongoing, the police chief said.

The Massena Fire Department also responded to the scene.