GRANVILLE, N.Y. – A standoff began Friday night and extended into Saturday after Granville Police were dispatched to 7 Irving Ave in Granville for a report of a male subject out of control, with a gun.
When the first officer arrived on scene, he met the 911 caller and her son exiting the premise and while interviewing them on the lawn, a gunshot was fired from a high powered rifle from the third floor attic window on the east side of the residence. That shot struck a second police vehicle in the passenger side hood area and pierced the engine, rendering the car inoperable.
The officer left the damaged vehicle at the intersection of Columbus Street and Irving Ave and took cover. While exiting the vehicle a second shot was fired from the west side, third floor, attic window striking the first officer's vehicle. That round passed through the front windshield into the rearview mirror, through the steering wheel and through the driver's interior door panel shattering the driver's window.
Officers began evacuating the nearby residences and established a perimeter. Approximately 5 to 10 minutes later a third shot was heard and officers saw that round exit the roof near the chimney.
The Washington County CERT team was requested and they responded and assisted with scene management and containment. A command post was established at the Granville Police Department Office using the Washington County Mobile Command Vehicle.
A crisis negotiator repeatedly attempted to contact the suspect for the better part of the night and morning, but was unsuccessful. The suspect's phone and computer accounts were checked and no activity was confirmed during the same time period. The New York State Police Special Operations Response Team was requested to relieve the Washington County CERT team at 8 a.m. Saturday. They also attempted to negotiate with the suspect via phone, computer and bull horn to no avail.
The NYSP SORT team was eventually able to gain entry to the house using a robotic camera and the suspect was located on the third floor. The SORT team entered the home slowly and located the suspect deceased on the third floor from and apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect had in his possession a loaded Remington Woodsmaster 750 high-powered rifle with a loaded magazine of four rounds.
The investigation revealed that the deceased suspect, Jonathan P Hyatt , 25, was a wounded combat veteran who had served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq and had suffered a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with PTSD. He was discharged in April of 2010 after 18 months of service and had been having difficulty finding work or fitting in and had bouts of depression since his discharge.