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Police: Teen in standoff threatened to commit suicide

— A portion of Eastern Parkway in Niskayuna was closed off and neighbors were evacuated as police negotiated for several hours with a suicidal teenager possessing a loaded firearm.

The Niskayuna Police Department on Monday, Sept. 10, at approximately 3:48 p.m., responded to a report of an armed person in a home on Cunningham Court. Upon arrival, police were informed 16-year-old James Catuccio was inside the home and had a loaded firearm.

Police were later informed Catuccio was threatening to commit suicide and shoot at police if he was confronted, according to police. Another person was also inside the home with the teen.

The woman inside the home exited the residence without incident “several hours into the dialogue,” according to police. Shortly after 11 p.m. Catuccio exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Catuccio was arraigned on felony weapon charges relating to the incident and was remanded to the custody of the Schenectady County Sheriff without bail. He was scheduled to reappear in Niskayuna Town Court on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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