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2 officers shot in Wyoming standoff Man's surrender follows 12-hour Bennington siege

A Wyoming County man surrendered to police shortly before dawn today, ending an approximately 12-hour standoff after a sheriff's deputy and an Attica village police officer were shot while responding to a 911 call from the man's home.

Sheriff's deputies shot CS gas through the windows at about 6 a.m. today, leading the man, Joseph Cordier Jr., 30, to surrender.

"He came out the front door and laid down on the ground," Wyoming County Undersheriff Paul Donnelly said.

Sgt. Greg Rudolph, 30, of the Sheriff's Department, and Attica Officer Andy Houghton, 32, responded to a call Wednesday evening from a man at a home on Sierk Road off Route 354.

The two got out of their patrol vehicles at the end of the driveway and were shot. They crossed to the other side of the street to find cover, authorities said, adding that the officers did not exchange shots with the gunman.

Rudolph was shot in the shoulder and face; Houghton in the leg. Both were struck by bird shot.

Rudolph underwent about three hours of facial surgery early today in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, but he was expected to be released later today, Donnelly said. Houghton was treated in the same hospital and released.

The shooter fired at least twice at the officers, using a shotgun. While authorities said they believe Cordier is married with one child, they do not believe that anyone else was in the house.

Police evacuated the residents of three homes in the immediate area. Thirty officers were at the scene.

Law enforcement officials today were discussing possible charges of assault on a police officer or even attempted murder.

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