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City man faces up to 25 years for Elm Street standoff

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A city man was arraigned Saturday for the shooting of a Cortland Police Officer the night before, which led to a tense standoff involving dozens of forces outside his residence at 12 Elm Street.

Twenty-five-year-old Zachary Clark now faces a list of charges – including four felonies – that carry a combined sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

The CPD officer he shot was hit three times in the lower body, managing to walk out of Upstate Medical Center the next morning under his own power. He’s now recovering from his wounds.

Officials say the initial incident was a domestic dispute between Clark and his brother and that the officer was the first on-scene, speaking with the brother outside prior to approaching the home to gather the other side of the story – which is when Clark stepped outside and began firing.

Three bullets from a 22 caliber rifle would hit the officer before he was able to take cover behind his police car. The shooting continued and only stopped when a second officer arrived and pushed Clark back into the residence with gunfire of his own.

Special operation teams from local, county and state police agencies were joined by a handful from the U.S. Marshals Service, forming a perimeter around the residence with assault rifles drawn and armored trucks at their backs.

Clark would eventually turn himself in just before 8:00 Saturday morning without further incident.

He was brought to GCMC, then Upstate for treatment to a single gunshot wound to his forearm.

Following his release, Clark was arraigned on the charges listed above and remanded to Cortland County Jail without bail, where he awaits further proceedings.


(WXHC photo)

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