People in custody after SWAT team throws tear gas into Schenectady home after barricade

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — After four hours of trying to communicate with a man and two others barricaded inside a home on James Street, police finally used tear gas to get them outside.

This is what happened.

Around 6 a.m., U.S. Marshals Task Force came to execute a warrant parole for 24-year-old Rafael Gonzalez of Schenectady. As they arrived he shut himself and others inside. Then officers withdrew and barricaded house. When they knocked, a woman did come out.

They used a bull horn for hours, urging Gonzalez to come out.

But he never communicated with the heavily armed police who surrounded his house. However they say they believe he was communicating with family members.

A crowd of neighbors gathered as the negotiations continued, finally hearing loud shots inside as a Special Operations Squad was activated. They fired tear gas and the loud explosions caused reaction and screams in neighborhood.

Ultimately the three inside came out on the balcony.

Schenectady Police Spokesperson Mark McCracken says the three were taken on stretchers to Ellis hospital for tear gas exposure. Otherwise, no one was hurt and says they handled this well.

“Zero casualties, nobody was injured, other than the fact the neighborhood is going to smell for a while, again it’s not our choice. We dealt with, we reacted to the situation we were given. He had complied peacefully at 6 a.m. this morning; this would have been a non-event,” McCracken said.

At this time we don’t know what Gonzalez was wanted for and we don’t know what charges the other two people in the choice with him could face.

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