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Batavia standoff ends as taser is deployed

BATAVIA – A standoff in the City of Batavia ended when a law enforcement officer used a taser on a suspect who was armed with a knife early Wednesday morning, City of Batavia police officials said.

At about 4 a.m., city police were notified about a domestic dispute at a residence on State Street.

Officers arrived and were met by a family member of the suspect at the door. Then, police said in a statement, the officers saw the suspect, Bill Thomas, 56, “moving toward the door, very quickly, with a knife in his hand.”

The officer and the family member got outside and Thomas closed the door.

The Emergency Response and Hostage Negotiation team arrived and another family member was able to make contact with Thomas through an open window.

Thomas allegedly went up and down the stairs and came back down, but would not show police his hands.

Police said Thomas moved toward a closet and the stairs and “a taser was deployed.”

Thomas was taken into custody and arraigned in Batavia City Court and committed to the Genesee County Jail. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and menacing a police officer.

Batavia police were assisted by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department and the State Police.