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Police Standoff Involves Firefighter

Albany -- Albany Police took 38 year old Reginald Collier into custody about 7:30 PM. The 17 year veteran firefighter had been  barricaded inside his apartment on West Gordon Avenue since 9 A.M.

He fired several shots out of a window and is threatening to kill himself.

Police and the Special Response Team have been there all day, trying to talk Collier into surrendering.

Around 6:40 Friday evening two loud blasts were heard coming from Collier's apartment. Thirty minutes there was another.  Then fifteen minutes later another loud blast, and a fire started in the apartment. Smoke billowed through the apartment windows,  as Police brought Collier out of the apartment.  He was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for observation.  He faces one count of making a terroristic threat.  Additional charges are pending. 

Collier has been on disability leave from the Albany Fire Department for several months, and friends tell us Collier was distraught that his benefits had run out.

 

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