May 29, 2009

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Dutchess Sheriff’s Office investigates circumstances leading up to standoff

What went on inside will be investigated

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the circumstances of how rape suspect Ken Tweal Catts of Hyde Park was able to get a gun away from an officer and fire it, wounding him.

Catts, 30, a registered level three sex offender, barricaded himself in an office at the North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie sheriff’s complex before he turned the gun on himself, taking his own life.

A department spokesman would not comment on if the agency will modify any of its rules about officers carrying guns while escorting suspects. He said an internal investigation is underway.

William McCabe, chairman of the County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, said he has faith in the sheriff that “he will do the right thing.”

He said he has been to the jail complex several times and security “is very good.”

When asked if the legislature may want to conduct its own investigation into what happened, McCabe said it was premature to say.

Another county legislator, Robert Rolison, is a retired Town of Poughkeepsie police officer. He said the officers involved “did exactly what they should have done.”


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