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Early morning standoff with police Sunday

A 51-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after he allegedly threatened another man with a gun at his home on Jarmany Hill Road in Sharon, prompting police to call in a regional Special Reaction Team. Douglas Riley, who had been alone in the home when police arrived, surrendered after about a three-hour standoff with police.

Police went to the home at 11:14 p.m. on Saturday, after a Jarmany Hill Road woman reported that her 28-year-old son had been assaulted by her husband and had been threatened with a handgun. According to Peterborough Police Capt. Ernie Belletete, the woman and her son had left the house and she was calling from Jaffrey. She said her husband was intoxicated.

Belletete said police officers from Peterborough, Jaffrey and Antrim responded to the residence. They also called in the Special Reaction Team, which is made up of police officers from several area towns.

Belletete said Riley was inside his house, which police surrounded.

“We talked to him,” Belletete said. “After about three hours, he came out and talked to us. He surrendered without incident.”

Belletete said Riley appeared to be intoxicated.

Riley was charged with domestic assault, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony, and manufacturing a controlled drug, a felony. Belletete said the drug charge came about after police obtained a search warrant for the Jarmany Hill Road house. He said they located a firearm and marijuana when the residence was searched on Sunday morning.

Riley was initially held on $5,000 cash bail and taken to Valley Street Jail in Manchester. He was arraigned on Tuesday in 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, where no plea was entered on the felony charges and he pleaded not guilty on the simple assault charge. Bail was set at $2,000 cash and Riley was taken back to Valley Street Jail. He later posted bail and was released, with a probable cause hearing scheduled for Oct. 21.

A second man was also arrested on Sunday when the house was searched. Police charged Timothy Sazonick, 26, of Coram, N.Y.,with possession of a controlled drug (marijuana).

Belletete said Sazonick is Riley’s stepson. Sazonick was released on $10,000 personal recognizance with a Nov. 4 court date in 8th Circuit Court.

Belletete said part of Jarmany Hill Road was briefly closed during the standoff, but because it was in the early morning hours there was little impact on residents.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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