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Feb 19, 2016 11:57 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Armed Man Who Barricaded Himself Inside Hampton Bays Home Identified, Charged With Several Crimes

Feb 21, 2016 7:21 AM


The Hampton Bays man who barricaded himself with a shotgun inside his home on Friday night has been identified as 49-year-old Scott E. Saunders, according to police.

He was charged with several crimes, including menacing a police officer, a felony, as well as fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree aggravated harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.

Police said they responded to his home on Re Court in Hampton Bays after his family members had already safely exited the residence. Mr. Saunders pointed the shotgun at responding officers, police said, although the nearly four-hour standoff ended peacefully when he exited the residence and surrendered. Southampton Town Police hostage negotiators also responded to the scene, police said.

Authorities added that Mr. Saunders offered no motive for his actions.

Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance transported Mr. Saunders to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment, according to authorities.

Mr. Saunders was scheduled to be arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court on Saturday.


A man barricaded himself inside his Hampton Bays home on Friday night with a shotgun and threatened to shoot passersby, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Steve Miller.

The man, who was alone at the time, surrendered to authorities at around 9:45 p.m., ending a nearly four-hour standoff with multiple police departments, according to authorities. No injuries were reported, according to Sgt. Miller.

Southampton Town Police originally responded to a 911 call at around 6 p.m. from a woman who told them that an approximately 50-year-old man was inside the home, located near the intersection of Wakeman Road and Joysan Court, and armed with a shotgun. It was unclear how the woman knew that information.

The man—whom authorities would not identify as they did not charge him with a crime—was eventually transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation, Sgt. Miller said.

Both the Southampton Town and East Hampton Town police departments responded with their emergency service units. Officers with the New York State, Southampton Village and Riverhead police departments also responded to the scene.

“They responded and, after a four-hour negotiation came to a successful end, no one was hurt in the process,” Sgt. Miller said.

The incident is being investigated by Southampton Town Police detectives.

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By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Feb 20, 16 1:53 AM
How much did that just cost me
By H2O (85), easthampton on Feb 20, 16 7:26 AM
Shame on SHPD AND SH Press, why protect this guys privacy? This guy threatened to shoot innocent people, and you won't identify him? The community should not be in the dark, as we may interact with this guy as part of our daily lives. Not arrested? What happened to his weapon?
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 16 8:09 AM
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No charges. What kind of precedent does this set? It is ok to run around neighborhoods with a loaded shotgun and nothing happens. Pretty pathetic in my eyes.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Feb 20, 16 8:16 AM
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The precedent was set a number of years ago when Lucius Ware, the local NAACP leader, allegedly waived a shotgun at officer who responded to his residence. Charges were not filed in that case, the matter was publicly characterized as a "misunderstanding".
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Feb 20, 16 8:14 PM
More like near the intersection of Wakeman and Lynncliff judging by the State Police presence blocking off the block there last night.
By PQ1 (167), hampton bays on Feb 20, 16 8:26 AM
What are you fools talking about? I must have missed the part where he was running around the neighborhood threatening to shoot people. Could someone point out where that was mentioned in the article? Also, do you think the police released all the information regarding this? As usual, the majority of the people that post on here have absolutely no clue what they are talking about. If he was in his own home, which he probably was, and was threatening to shoot only himself, which he probably was.....explain ...more
By The Truth Hurts (4), Hampton bays on Feb 20, 16 9:02 AM
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Did you read it? It never mentions him threatening himself.

"A man barricaded himself inside his Hampton Bays home on Friday night with a shotgun and threatened to shoot passersby"
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 16 9:16 AM
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You don't send people who require mental care to prison. It's counterproductive.

The man is being evaluated.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 9:37 AM
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Sounds like a failed "suicide by cop" attempt. Best of luck to the guy
By (Y)eti (5), Southampton on Feb 20, 16 9:41 AM
This guy is lucky the police didn't kill him. If he needs help hopefully he gets it.
By Moneybogue (37), Westhampton Beach on Feb 20, 16 11:44 AM
As usual the Press always slaps up a story before details are known. After the update all those who are so concerned with who the person is, now can feel better that they know the details.

Nowhere does it state that anyone was "running around the neighborhood" .

While this is horrifying, a bit of sympathy for a man who obviously needs help, would seem appropriate.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 16 11:54 AM
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And as usual, there is someone to whine about the story. Slapped up before details are known or having information missing that somebody heard from their uncle's babysitter's soccer teammate.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

By VOS (1241), WHB on Feb 20, 16 12:44 PM
Accidentally liked this lol while I do like last sentiment, the press is in the news business. They reported this responsibly.
By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 16 5:47 PM
Maybe the man deserves sympathy, and maybe he doesn't. The Press reported the facts as they knew them at the time. The fact this guy wasn't "running around the neighborhood" means nothing. About 30 years ago another guy in Hampton Bays pointed a 12-guage at his ex-wife (who feared and avoided him), and shot her dead in her home. SHT Police had to arrest him, of course - no way around that - but the perp claimed to be suffering flashbacks from Vietnam and the judge took pity on him. Released ...more
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Feb 22, 16 2:13 AM
Congratulations to the police officers that negotiated that terrible situation. Excellent work and worthy of recognition by us all.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Feb 20, 16 12:22 PM
Pretty sure any person that is holding a loaded shotgun in a house while cops are called have a mental problem. Mr. Z people like you are what is wrong with society. If he happens to kill someone would you have said its okay " he was an honor roll student"?
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Feb 20, 16 3:01 PM

A society that produces these kinds of people, well, maybe you need to take a better look at the "problem"...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 20, 16 4:26 PM
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ONE man locked INSIDE his house with a gun. And Sgt. Miller needed help of state troopers, Southampton village, and riverhead police. Haha what a joke. Our tax dollars at work
By Howser (6), Hampton bays on Feb 21, 16 10:33 AM
Learn a lot about police manning, staffing, crisis intervention etc from tv, do ya?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 21, 16 11:12 AM
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Please. HB police upper staff is a joke. They sit back, get paid, wash each other hands along with the local business owners of choice in return for they're kickbacks. It's all small town BS
By Howser (6), Hampton bays on Feb 21, 16 11:30 AM
Overpriced cops, crazy benefits, too many days off, a bully union equals a screwi g for taxpayers.
Municipalities are taking away employees benefits, and raises, but not the cops. How long till this state is bankrupt?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Feb 23, 16 7:45 AM
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Feb 29, 16 5:21 PM
Amazingly good job by police that no one was injured or worse killed. The charges - one felony and several misdemeanors. Does this sound like a military person with post-traumatic-stress-disorder? Yes. Or serious paranoia otherwise? Yes. Will we learn the rest of the info - Probably not.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Feb 25, 16 4:15 PM