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Man Faces Charges After Fire, Standoff

CLYMER — A Clymer man faces charges after allegedly setting a home on fire and then barricading himself inside.

According to a police report, deputies responded to a report of a person who had started a home on fire at 7936 Clymer Center Road, Clymer, and then barricaded himself inside. Deputies arriving at the scene met a person at the home who confirmed a small fire had been set and then put out before deputies arrived.

Dustin J. Sitterly, 28, was allegedly identified as the suspect. Deputies then tried to contact Sitterly, who barricaded himself in an upstairs apartment, wouldn’t let officers in and allegedly responded to the deputies with threats.

Additional resources that responded were Clymer Fire-Rescue, New York State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Team, and the Chautauqua County SWAT team. After hours of negotiation it was decided that forced entry was the best option for the best chance of a safe outcome. The SWAT team forced entry into the apartment and took Sitterley into custody without injury to anyone involved.

Sitterley was assessed by EMS on the scene and was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail until he could be arraigned. He is charged with second-degree attempted arson, second-degree reckless endangerment and reckless endangerment of property.

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