Man Accused of Making Threats Against Cortland County Sheriff's Dept. Found In Parking Lot With Loaded Gun
A Town of Dryden man is facing multiple charges after makes threats against the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, he was later found in the parking lot with a loaded shotgun.
Cortland City Police have arrested 55 year old James Virgadamo of 197 McLean Road, he’s charged with felony counts of weapons possession and menacing a police officer. In addition Virgadamo faces misdemeanor charges of weapons possession, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, criminal tampering, criminal mischief, and D-W-I.
Around 2 o’clock Wednesday morning operators at the Cortland County 9-1-1 Center received multiple calls from Virgadamo who made threatening statements against the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, during the calls Virgadamo made rambling statements and used obscene names, he also threatened to harm anyone who came in and out of the County public safety building located on Greenbush Street.
9-1-1 operators were able to pinpoint the man’s cell phone signal; Virgadamo was calling from the parking outside the sheriff’s office.
City Police responded and found Virgadamo in his car with a loaded shotgun in his lap, an officer attempted to grab the gun and a struggle ensued. The gun did not go off and no one was injured.
Virgadamo was arraigned in City Court and held without bail. Police say Virgadamo has not had any recent interaction with the County Sheriff’s Department and has a limited criminal history; they believe he may be suffering from mental health issues.